Cloud Computing: Google Earned the Hatred of Users, Competitors: 10 Reasons Why

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-08-11 Print this article Print
Founding Fathers

Founding Fathers

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are former Montessori school students turned math whizzes and solid software engineers. It's one thing to be arrogant. But they can afford to do so from a position of power, which bothers people. Most people can't relate. People fear what they don't understand and what they have no control over. Fear turns to hatred.
Earlier this week, eWEEK published this slide show about the enemies Google has made. They run the gamut from Microsoft in search, cloud collaboration and mobile, to Apple in mobile, thanks to Google's Android growth. Google has also irked a number of smaller rivals in search. It's no secret that Google has ticked off a lot companies by being a ruthless competitor in its march to grab 65 percent U.S. search share and more overseas. Ironically, while Google says it has competed fiercely for the sake of improving Web services for consumers, Google has also pulled enough ruthless stunts to anger competitors and consumers alike. This slide show illustrates how Google, as it grew wealthy and powerful, also created a growing legion of people and competitors that hate it. This slide show was inspired by Smartphone Wars blog author Brian S. Hall, who may take the award for the biggest Google hater. See why in this blog post. It's a must-read. While there are, no doubt, more reasons consumers and businesses hate Google these days, we highlight some of the major ones here.

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