I imagine half of my readers are smugly thinking “See, I told you
Google was evil all along”. I don’t think that’s right. In
particular I refuse to give in to a cynical view of Google’s
“Don’t be evil” motto; that ethos was very real, a sincere and
important guiding principle. And if a big company like Google
can’t avoid being evil, then what world-changing enterprise can?
But I think Google as an organization has moved on; they’re
focussed now on market position, not making the world better.
Which makes me sad.