6 replies on “Breaking up with Google”

  1. while i wasn’t pleased with the decision google made, i can hardly fault them for it. they are publicly owned and they are responsible to their shareholders. they’re shareholders want to make money. if they don’t give in to the chinese gov’t then they’re services are not going to work in china. that’s simple. intentionally losing out on that market to make a political statement would have been irresponsible. in other news, google didn’t turn over aggregate search results when the US gov’t came calling. shouldn’t they get bonus points for that decision? honestly, the chineses decision was not the choice that many bloggers are making it out to be. google did what they had to do to even be a competitor in china. i’ll continue to use google until a better service comes along.

  2. I would agree with Sean’s comments. Google are simply doing what their competitors [Yahoo, Microsoft and many others] started doing many years ago, co-operating with the PRC government to gain a foothold in East Asia. During the final months of last year both the Google search engine and Gmail were effectively out of reach within China due to the efforts of the government [using software purchased from western companies, I might add]. I work there so I had no option but to set up an alternative email address and lose all my contact addresses for a few months.

  3. Hmmm… yes if morality is dictated by free markets then they;re doing the right thing but that’d cover IBM in the second world war, right?

    They’re a very successful company, I’m not sure if it’d be right to say they ‘had’ to do it…. we ‘have’ to do things when we have no other choice.

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