Learning From Google

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The top executives at Google recently admitted that they kind of let their employees invent and develop whatever they think is cool and the company has no problem putting it online to see what happens.

Thus far a number of very successful efforts have appeared, from mapping applications to, uh, well ... chatting?

I was thinking about all the cool stuff Google has done when I realized that none of it was original.

The folks at Microsoft, long known for being copycats, must be furious, since nobody has ever accused Google of the same thing.

Everything Google has done has been derivative. The search engine was taken from the AltaVista idea of huge computer farms. Gmail is a clone of Hotmail. The Google Chat is nothing special. Orkut is a copy of Friendster. I could go on, but you get the idea.

Even the invention of ads targeted to search requests is derivative of the old GoTo.com (search) search engine. I'm surprised Google hasn't done a lottery.

So why does Google get off scot-free insofar as public criticism is concerned?

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