Why Do Governments Think They Can Make A Better Search Engine?
from the just-wondering dept
While it's clear that the search engines fear certain countries, some countries fear the rise of American search engines. Search Engine Watch notes that the Japanese government has rounded up 30 big technology companies and told them to create their own search engine, to hold off the power of Google. We first mentioned this plan six months ago, but it looks like it's now official. Of course, we've already seen that France is trying to do the same thing -- though, the early results suggest that no one is actually building a search engine. They're just looking for excuses to take government money for free. No matter what is going on here, it's not clear why these governments feel the need to step in. Even worse, they always seem to think that all they need to do is throw money at something and come out with their own version of whatever it is they want. That, of course, is is the wrong idea. If they actually want to compete, they shouldn't be looking to copy Google, but to figure out what unfulfilled need there is out there that Google is unlikely to solve -- and try to do that. Trying to simply catch up is a guaranteed plan for accomplishing very little.