Googler Does What Google Does Not Like: Talk about the Google

January 3, 2020

I am not sure how this will play out. Google likes employees to do their jobs in between Foosball, riding bikes, and roller blading. Even part timers have to keep quiet.

Medium’s “I Was Google’s Head of International Relations. Here’s Why I Left” is likely to be the subject of some discussion after a tough game of volleyball. The story has legs because the Washington Post has jumped in what is a public relations tsunami. (Note: Paywalled story)

A Xoogler (that’s a former Googler) has talked about the “new” Google. You love, as many do, the GOOG. Apparently there are some flaws. Plus it seems to have taken 11 years to build up sufficient steam to power the Google style brain to write words for public consumption.

And what a write up.

The write up reveals that Google wants Chinese eyeballs:

I then realized that the company had never intended to incorporate human rights principles into its business and product decisions. Just when Google needed to double down on a commitment to human rights, it decided to instead chase bigger profits and an even higher stock price.

The write up states:

Senior colleagues bullied and screamed at young women, causing them to cry at their desks.

The reason for the Googley actions: People and money.

When did these changes take place? The date in the write up is 2008. Sorry. I don’t agree. Google shifted in first when it paid Yahoo to wiggle out of a legal jam about ad technology in 2004. Then by 2006, the new and improved Google was ready for the big show. $100 billion in revenue. Stakeholders were really happy campers. A few overnighters sleeping the a Google parking lot may have had visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads too.

Now at least one person seems to care. Why speak out? Generate some political clicks maybe? Tarnish Google?

Stephen E Arnold, January 3, 2020


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