In the past three months, I’ve seen three moves by Google that highlight that not only is their strategic vision becoming more questionable but their engineering talent has also begun to show signs of being seriously deficient

This year is going to be a watershed year for the company. They are eroding a lot of the geek cred they’ve built up over the past decade. That will be hard to regain once it is lost.

In the meantime, I’ve noticed an uptick in the quiet smart folks you don’t see heralded in blogs turning down offers from Google and picking another horse when the job offers come knocking. Watershed year, indeed.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007 5:25:22 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I have to disagree. Just because some people choose to choose otherwise isn't a compelling enough reason that there's faltering occurring in Google's approaches to things.

Now be honest, many the same arguments were brandished about with MS during the DCOM/ATL vs fledgling .NET days. And even further back than that, dating back to the days where Win32 was but a whisp in the mist, in the minds of folks like Steve Woods, Darren Messina ( Microsoft Bob, anyone ), Scott Ludwig and the great Dave Cutler (VMS+1 = WNT indeed). Everyone goes through "sophomoric" phases.

Jumping the shark takes real unadulterated, in your face, "I don't bloody well care what they think, I'm getting paid anyway" Chutzpah ! Sounds like SteveB when trying to win over "Developer ! Developer! Developers!". Pick a different metaphor to assign Google's missteps. Jumping the shark ? Hardly.

Friday, December 21, 2007 6:18:22 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I am sure smart people going to facebook instead of google would have nothing to do with the fact that the former is a "Pre IPO" company with a $15B valuation.
Friday, December 28, 2007 10:38:02 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I don't know that Google has jumped the shark ( quite yet, given how the terminology implies serious drop-off after the fact. Google hasn't begun the descent, but they haven't really done much in their recent history.

You're closer to the mark than Marcelo -- no offense Marcelo, but the Microsoft-did-it-too analogy is a little too simplistic a defense for Google's strategy. As a developer, the erosion in respect and value from the technical community is definitely growing.

Here's what I see:
- Spouting profusely about the value of open-source software (I agree), yet giving very little back to the community (source project hosting != community support).
- Lackluster APIs: yes they have them, but try building a business on these. Amazon is cleaning house in this area -- Amazon, the online retailer!
- More unfinished business: add this to the list -- Google Gears. Supposed to be the MSFT killer (, and I've heard zip-zero-zilch about it since the PR announcement.

Never mind the business matters to be addressed (index spam? youtube copyright issues? click fraud? 99.whatever% of company revenues from adsense/adwords?)

After a while the technical guys will be done standing around patting each other on the back and notice that everyone else is starting to look elsewhere. Definitely a watershed year, it will be interesting to see who figures that out first.
Friday, January 25, 2008 4:27:59 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Count me as one of the uptick, in Nov. 2007 I turned down G to go with that other "small west-coast-based startup giant" Microsoft... glad I did.
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