“Where the fuck is Larry Page?” is the question on everyone’s minds – tech followers, Googlers, investors/shareholders, everyone.
But while I could care less about the man himself (seeing as how I don’t know him personally), Google’s services have noticably began to lag in many aspects in his presence. Why is this?
It’s simple: Larry calls the shots, but Urs and other senior vice presidents keep it running while Eric Schmidt is little more than a high-level PR guy these days.
And yet, in Page’s much-speculated absence (even from the annual shareholders meeting!!) Google’s services have suffered across the board – GMail outages, ad data processing lags in YouTube and Adsense, search indexing and more I imagine that others have observed.
We pick on Google a lot here (some of it having to do with a fellow editor having a horrible experience working for the guys who run it), but that’s no reason to be completely taken off the search index with all the high-tier links we get in every day combined with a squeaky clean spam record. We’ve been active for less than a month.
YouTube has a banner on the analytics page that announces they are lagging behind in regards to data processing for all monetizers to see.
GMail has been spotty, slow delivering mail and even flat-out refusing to load in many cases (moreso than usual).
Is/was Larry’s influence over Google’s ops really that significant from that out of touch office up in Mountain View? Or has employee morale across the board suffered due to the poor stock performance, negative press surrounding the sudden absence or is there a much deeper issue with the man at hand that we don’t know? (voice issues my ass)
The whole debacle is unsettling, and could possibly be the first omen of several that the favorite search company may be taking a turn for the worse unless something changes.
Notice anything weird on Google’s end too? Know where Larry is? Comment and shed some light.
Stephen, another Coffee Desk pal, is a recent Computer Science graduate. With endless research into Computer Science and its many aspects (even P=NP), he is a formidable if less frequent member of the editing staff. He currently works with Java technology, namely bridging the gap between .NET CIL and Java's JVM - and that's just his past time. He is the only member of the SiN editorial staff that does not reside in the Eastern time zone.