Andy Kessler writes in today’s The Wall Street Journal that like all cool rockstars, selling out has basically cost Google its core audience but that might not be all.
Google could have kept their cool and trusted image if they’d just worked with someone else in China, someone they could smash. Perhaps Eggroll.com – powered by Google. Someone else to blame for those unsearchable keywords. Users in the West may not desert them, but a billion soon-to-be-online Chinese will forever associate Google with lame and censored search results – tools of the state. That just dumb. And totally uncool.