Google Engineer Rips Google+

Service 'a knee-jerk reaction' to Facebook's success, Steve Yegge complains
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2011 1:45 AM CDT
Updated Oct 13, 2011 4:41 AM CDT
"Our Google team took a look at the aftermarket and said: "Gosh, it looks like we need some games. Let's go contract someone to, um, write some games for us," Yegge writes.   (Google)

(Newser) – While using Google+, senior Google engineer Steve Yegge accidentally shared a post heavily criticizing the company's social networking service with the general public instead of just his co-workers, the Huffington Post reports. He described Google+ as an example of the company's "complete failure to understand platforms," calling it "a knee-jerk reaction, a study in short-term thinking, predicated on the incorrect notion that Facebook is successful because they built a great product."

But "that's not why they are successful," he added. "Facebook is successful because they built an entire constellation of products by allowing other people to do the work," he wrote. "So Facebook is different for everyone. Some people spend all their time on Mafia Wars. Some spend all their time on Farmville. There are hundreds or maybe thousands of different high-quality time sinks available, so there's something there for everyone." In a follow-up post after he accidentally shared his rant, Yegge stressed that Google has been supportive, and hasn't made any attempt to censor him.

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