Swanson - 12:03 am on Jul 20, 2011 (gmt 0)
I think Google has lost contact with the real world over the past few years - it does pain me to say it but that is how I see it.
To me it is an issue of social responsibility.
In the "old days" it was valid to have a bunch of crazy tech guys create algos to "organise the worlds information" as a sort of way of creating a search engine that could give you answers to your queries.
But over time this has evolved with the nature of their position in the market. No longer is it about ranking sites on their links etc. it is about so much more.
We now know that Google tries to interpret the query intention and uses semantics and so many other variables along with trying to understand what sites are about and how people use them.
Now in the "non for profit" world that is fine - however now so many businesses rely on Google for income that is not compatible with the "crazy guys creating algos" ideal.
The problem is - how many of the Google Engineers currently understand the dynamics of running a business or understand business full stop.
What is the world experience of the current Google engineers in terms of e-commerce and all the issues around it.
Are they still the "out of uni" type characters that are sensational at coding but no real world experience.
I would say yes. Lets look at Mr Panda - I have looked at his resume and it is all about visualisation, big data sets, media recognition, blah blah.
He wouldn't know the issues about running an online business - in fact he is so far removed from the real world for business that it is scary that he has been unleashed on the biggest search engine in the world.
Google is a bunch of kids running the show.
Now that is scary.