You would think a Google employee would know how to use Google+, the search engine giant’s social networking site and its answer to Facebook.
Alas, this week a Google engineer named Steve Yegge posted a manifesto ranting about everything that’s wrong with Google on Google+ for all the world to see.
The rant is now gone from his Google+ page but thanks to the never-ceasing Internet, a host of publications have posted it yet again for all the world to see. Here’s a particularly bad part where he dogs Google’s head honchos:
Google+ is a prime example of our complete failure to understand platforms from the very highest levels of executive leadership (hi Larry, Sergey, Eric, Vic, howdy howdy) down to the very lowest leaf workers (hey yo).
We all don’t get it. The Golden Rule of platforms is that you Eat Your Own Dogfood. The Google+ platform is a pathetic afterthought. We had no API at all at launch, and last I checked, we had one measly API call.
He is now claiming he didn’t mean to post it for public view but thought he was posting it internally.
I posted a long opinionated rant tonight about how I think Google could be doing a much better job of thinking from the ground up in terms of services rather than products. Sadly, it was intended to be an internal post, visible to everybody at Google, but not externally. But as it was midnight and I am not what you might call an experienced Google+ user, by the time I figured out how to actually post something I had somehow switched accounts.
So, should this guy, who toils into the wee hours of the night for his employer, get fired? (more…)