TypicalSurfer - 5:31 pm on Dec 9, 2012 (gmt 0)
You can't judge a decision on its results. Philip M. Rosenzweig talks in his book The Halo Effect about how every decision Cisco Systems made was lauded by the press... until it slid downhill, and then suddenly the press reported how bad many of those very same decisions had been.
I have to agree with that premise. Some folks at google need to be talked off of their cloud. Most of us are guilty of encouraging the likes of Matt Cutts with the perpetual oohing and ahhing over the most inane of his comments. I watch one site who religiously posts every video he makes with commentary that is always more than glowing, essentially false. I'm pretty sure the mouthpieces at google actually think they are that smart and hey no doubt that they are smart but the big disconnect for them is in thinking everyone else is stupid. A ten year old could shoot holes in most of what they put out but due to fear or greed the majority of web media still clings to their every word like it is manna from heaven.
The road is littered with failures who slipped into hubris, google is no exception.