Sunday, September 7, 2008

Google Growing Pains

I ran into something I got a bit of a chuckle out of this morning.  Not a malicious chuckle mind you.  Just an "oops, that's kind of ironic", lighten-up-the-day, smile-to-my-lips sort of thing.
I have an odd sense of humor at the best of times, so just in case you don't get it here is why I found this mildly amusing.  This is a screen shot of Google's virtual reality program directing users to browsers other than Google's own browser, Chrome.

I realize there's a whole bunch of reasons for this that I could only wish were the case for my little company.  Google has many successful as well as yet-to-be-proven products.  Many people in many countries use those products driving Google's remarkable profits.  Despite those facts, this is a sign that there are some far flung departments at Google that just aren't keeping in touch.  This isn't a problem unique to Google by any means. It's just a reminder that anytime a company get's to be of a certain size, roll out timings, acquiring third parties, communication difficulties and any of a plethora of other complications can cause chinks to show in what seems to be an otherwise unified corporate strategy.

On an almost completely random topic, some movie quotes:
El Guapo: Jefe, what is a plethora?
Jefe: Why, El Guapo?
El Guapo: Well, you told me I have a plethora. And I just would like to know if you know what a plethora is. I would not like to think that a person would tell someone he has a plethora, and then find out that that person has *no idea* what it means to have a plethora.