Why France's Google Clone Helps Google Users
from the auf-wiedersehen dept
For instance, it seems fairly questionable if Jimmy Wales and his merry bunch of wiki editors can topple Google. But their work can highlight shortcomings in Google's products -- shortcomings the company will have to address by improving those products, if it hopes to stay on top. Efforts by other groups to create a better search engine, or a better free email program, or whatever else Google makes, help ensure that the web is dynamic and ever-changing. This means Google will have to keep innovating to keep its users satisfied. That, in turn, sets the bar even higher, and thus the virtuous circle of a competitive market keeps rolling. People use Google's products not because it abuses its dominant position, or because of some shady self-promotion. People use them because they're good, and because they like them. It's this quality that's let Google escape all the tipping points that have supposedly prefaced its fall from glory, and it's quality that can only happen with continual improvement and innovation. So, France, even though Quaero will be a big waste of time and money for you, the wider internet (and Google users) say merci for your socialist approach to supporting the free market.