Matt Asay has often bothered me with his off-and-on attitudes to FLOSS and GNU/Linux. It seems to me that he sees everything as winner takes all when cooperation does work. His recent article, “Google dangles needle over Web Bubble 2.0
And no one notices“ is way off base. He sees Google buying companies as some anti-competitive act when in reality it is a generous means of funding a great idea and running with it. Look at Android. It was a brilliant idea and Google ran with it and is doing the heavy lifting against Apple and Oracle and M$ to bring it to fruition. Would Android have gone anywhere without Google’s investment, manpower and brand recognition? Would dozens of OEMs have taken a risk on a smaller outfit?
The reality is Google competes on price/performance and gives everyone a good deal unlike M$ which murders businesses which dare to compete with M$. Google is a good corporate citizen giving back to the world generously and really making the world a better place.
When Matt Asay writes, “Despite Facebook’s heft in social networking and Google’s shadow over most everything else, VCs continue to throw money into Bubble 2.0.
Will Google come back to haunt them?”, he’s spreading FUD. Google prospers from every new activity on the web because every site is a potential advertiser or advertising space. The web is so diverse no one really cares what Google does as long as it continues to provide free search and grease everyone’s skids. The web would be a disaster if it weren’t for search and free search is the catalyst that makes it all work.
What shadow? Google is a light unto our path.