What needs to be very well regulated are the privacy issues. Not so disasters and misuse can be prevented, you can't do that through law, but just so the rules are clear.
Apart from that Google is the second Microsoft I see in my life. By their might they do a lot of things which are truly annoying for other companies and a few things which really aren't correct.
Yet the overall backlash against then Microsoft and now Google seems to have much less to do with the company itself and much more with what the company represents. To figure out for yourself if you (generic) might belong to that camp, ask yourself if you would feel hunky dory with every once everything Google has been handed over to Yahoo, IBM, Sony or Kellogg's.
If you felt iffy about Google before the answer is probably no.
What seems to irk us is when one company through open market economy means becomes so successful that it becomes and
a market force itself and
a political influence. No doubt the fact that such a company is part of our everyday life makes things worse, right?
I love the idea of turning your life into indexed bits
. The permanent web history on Google? Great! Do I like it that Google provides this service? Yes and no... Yes, because they're likely to really be around with this service for life. No, because I would like to be able to select other services that do this so I can give each service a little bit of my life instead of one mighty service all of it.
Likewise I think most of us are comfortable with parts of Google's business and business reach -- it's just that combined into one Giant we start to feel uncomfortable, right?
It's at that point that we want to see different rules introduced for Google (Microsoft) then for our friend who started his own web 2.0 company....
And perhaps, for some or at some times, the "arrogance" comes into play as well. I notice how a lot of people much younger then me don't have these Google/Microsoft problems (unless they hang around in circles where it's considered cool to have those problems...).
Could we be suffering from "popular friend syndrome" and do we label that as "arrogance" of the other party?
Here we are, "friends": we "grew up" together, Google and I... Remember, Google, when I was there being hip because my friends used Hotbot and complained about spam while I went to you? I made you great, I helped turn you into a star and now look at how you treat me! Like I'm "just" one of your customers! You're no better than Facebook ("come and see! .... oh cool.... oh, forget it...") or Twitter ("life changing!.... open your mind! .... ah well....").
In our mumbling and grumbling about Google, our gloating in semi-bad news -- aren't we looking more at ourselves than at Google?<edit>corrected URL
Edited by bwelford, 08 July 2008 - 08:21 AM.