Read This: Why I Left Google

If you are a technology news addict then you have probably already come across this article called “Why I Left Google” by James Whittaker. It is a very telling tale with some prize quotes about the industry, Google, and social media.

I encourage you to read his article. There are a lot of great insights there. My favorite paragraph was this one:

As it turned out, sharing was not broken. Sharing was working fine and dandy, Google just wasn’t part of it. People were sharing all around us and seemed quite happy. A user exodus from Facebook never materialized. I couldn’t even get my own teenage daughter to look at Google+ twice, “social isn’t a product,” she told me after I gave her a demo, “social is people and the people are on Facebook.” Google was the rich kid who, after having discovered he wasn’t invited to the party, built his own party in retaliation. The fact that no one came to Google’s party became the elephant in the room.

Indeed. There was a time when Google was improving the web. Those days have past, hopefully Google and their employees can recapture that vision. Time will tell but I will hold the breadth of my opinion until Google IO.

Published by

Ben Bajarin

Ben Bajarin is a Principal Analyst and the head of primary research at Creative Strategies, Inc - An industry analysis, market intelligence and research firm located in Silicon Valley. His primary focus is consumer technology and market trend research and he is responsible for studying over 30 countries. Full Bio

978 thoughts on “Read This: Why I Left Google”

  1. Hey there outstanding website! Does running a blog such as this require a lot of work?
    I have very little understanding of computer programming however I
    had been hoping to start my own blog in the near future.
    Anyway, should you have any ideas or techniques for
    new blog owners please share. I understand this is off
    subject but I just needed to ask. Thank you!

  2. Hey! Someone in my Facebook group shared this website with us so I came to look it over.

    I’m definitely loving the information. I’m
    book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers!
    Fantastic blog and fantastic design.

  3. I’m now not positive where you’re getting your info,
    however good topic. I must spend a while learning much
    more or working out more. Thank you for wonderful information I was looking for this information for my
    mission.

  4. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though
    you relied on the video to make your point. You obviously know what youre talking about, why
    throw away your intelligence on just posting videos
    to your weblog when you could be giving us something informative to read?

  5. Fantastic beat ! I would like to apprentice even as you amend your website, how could i subscribe for a
    blog website? The account aided me a acceptable deal. I had
    been tiny bit familiar of this your broadcast offered bright clear idea

  6. I have been surfing online more than 3 hours lately, yet I by no means discovered any
    interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me.
    In my opinion, if all website owners and bloggers made good content
    material as you did, the internet will likely be a lot more useful than ever before.

  7. My spouse and I absolutely love your blog and find nearly all of your
    post’s to be exactly what I’m looking for. Do you offer guest writers to write
    content for you personally? I wouldn’t mind writing a post or
    elaborating on some of the subjects you write regarding here.
    Again, awesome web log!