It happened to Microsoft and now it’s happening to Google. The digerati are starting to question, disparage (and even hate) Google’s strategies. It’s a common story, the more powerful and successful a company becomes, the more we enjoy watching it fall from grace.
The latest example comes from Om Malik, founder of GigaOM. “Google,” he says “is doing unnatural things.” It is trying so hard to compete with Facebook that it will do whatever it can to interject its will onto users. Jump to 15:05.
Malik isn’t the only one complaining. As reported on GigaOm, Wil Wheaton, who played Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation, wasn’t happy when Google forced him to upgrade to Google+ before he could vote on a YouTube video.
“Oh, go fu** yourself, Google,” he wrote on his popular Tumblr blog. “This is just as bad as companies forcing me to ‘like’ something on Facebook before I can view whatever it is they want me to ‘like.’”