In the pot calling the kettle black file, Sergey Brin has called Facebook and Apple a threat to the open web. The CEO of Google may want to make the case that his two competitors are ruining the web, but many commentators have pointed out that Brin might have wanted to choose his words more carefully. Giga Om has a great round up of the various reactions around the web. I also wonder when the last time Brin was actually outside the tech bubble? I look around at the non-geeks in Milwaukee, and many of them are using the web more than ever due to Facebook.
I actually think Macgasm’s Joshua Schnell made the most cogent point. (Full disclosure: I have written reviews for Macgasm.) He pointed out that Google has made just as many damaging decisions against the open web. I think most importantly he points out the Google favors its own products over all other web content. I really recommending reading Schnell’s entire article, he lays out a case just as clear as Brin’s that Google may be a bigger threat.
Whatever you think of Google, it’s clear that they’re acting in their own self-interest, same as Facebook and Apple. This doesn’t make any of these companies evil in their own right, they are simply doing what companies do: try and make money. Google consistently tries to assert itself as a moral force, but that’s been a harder case to make in the last few months. Brin may be trying to regain the high ground, but this doesn’t really do the trick. I think that this is further proof that we need to make the free and open Internet the rule of law, and not leave it to self-interested parties.