Jerry Nixon @Work: Is Google fundamentally broken?

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Is Google fundamentally broken?

I have a new colleague, James Whittaker. He recently left Google to come here – to work for Microsoft. In response to the overwhelming curiosity that asked “How could you leave Google?”, he responds.

As it turned out, sharing was not broken. Sharing was working fine and dandy, Google just wasn’t part of it. People were sharing all around us and seemed quite happy. A user exodus from Facebook never materialized. I couldn’t even get my own teenage daughter to look at Google+ twice, “social isn’t a product,” she told me after I gave her a demo, “social is people and the people are on Facebook.” Google was the rich kid who, after having discovered he wasn’t invited to the party, built his own party in retaliation. The fact that no one came to Google’s party became the elephant in the room.

The old Google was a great place to work. The new one?


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