Unless you exclusively use Yahoo! or Bing, you know about Google’s dilemma. Chrome OS would be out sooner were it not for its programmers leaving to work for Facebook. Apparently, Google’s loss is Facebook’s gain. Should we be supporting this, or should we be mailing letters to the ex-Google employees demanding that they leave Facebook and return to Google? Are their decisions good or bad? That, my friends, is the real question.
There are many things that can be added on to Facebook. Although going against the age-old saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, additions to Facebook are amazingly innovative. The new group system, for example, is tremendously simple and secure. I was looking at someone’s post on my wall, and instead of the See Wall-To-Wall option, I got a See Friendship option. When I clicked on this, I saw a whole lot more than wall posts. I saw things like events both of us attended, comments on each other’s status updates and photos, and mutual “liked” pages. What’s even cooler is that there is a box on the left column (above the usual ads, of course) where you can type two of your friends’ names and see their friendship. I find that pretty cool, and it doesn’t have to be the friendship between another person and me — it can be from two of my friends as long as they are friends with each other. If they’re not, it just displays a blank box.
I find all of these enhancements to be extremely interesting, and they help to make the world more open and connected, which is the plan of Mark Zuckerberg. I’m sure that the addition of Google programmers really helped with the development of these things for the Web.
Why their decisions are bad
What happened to the innovations that Google put out on the Web? Gmail, Blogger, Orkut, Chrome, YouTube, and Picasa, just to name a few, are amazing services. The programmers over at Google are doing wonderful things with the Web, and Chrome OS is one of them. If Google programmers are so good that Facebook is stealing them, why are the ones who are now in Facebook not fixing the screwed up chat system? There are a lot of privacy issues on Facebook, and a lot of people are pissed off by it. Why aren’t Google programmers fixing this, especially since they work for Facebook? Overall, Facebook is obviously not using these Google ex-employees to the fullest. Facebook, use these people to fix the holes in your security issues, but first, fix the damned Facebook chat!
I personally think Google employees should stay in Google if their expertise isn’t being used to fix chronic Facebook problems, but you guys decide whether Google should take its employees back or leave them be! Leave a comment below.
Neil L (AKA The WinMacLinTechie) is a power user of Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. He blogs at WinMacLinTechie and is currently involved in many projects to help both the world and himself. You can also find him on Twitter and YouTube.