Cloud Computing: Honeycomb, Chromebooks, Google TV Lead Google Duds in 2011
Should we fault Google for getting too big, or at least too big on the Web? More than 1 billion people use Google worldwide. Partly for this reason (the victim-of-its-own-success factor), Google is being persecuted (not prosecuted, yet) by the European Commission and the Federal Trade Commission for, among other things, favoring its Web services over others on Google.com. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt testified before Congress Sept. 21 on these matters, with Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman and others making compelling cases for how Google is harming competition. The effect? Google is being portrayed as the second coming of Microsoft.
A lot of good things happened for Google in 2011. The company will exit the year with a 65 percent search share in the United States. Google's Android mobile platform and Chrome browser rocketed to new heights. Google Maps and Google Places got more integrated, forming the foundation of a super local commerce engine when they're eventually combined with Google Offers and Google Wallet. But some less-than-stellar things either happened to Google or were perpetrated by Google. While we're more than willing to sing the praises of Google's good deeds and successes, we cannot turn a blind eye to its shortcomings or failures. To wit, here is a slide show dedicated to 10 gaffes or bad things that happened to Google this year.