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Jan. 27th, 2005

Google has been in the news a lot lately. One story recently run by c|net suggests that Y! and MSN are gaining on Google according to a Keynote survey. I wonder what would happen at Google if some search engine actually was able to pull away in popularity from Google, just as Google pulled away from AV a few years ago. I remember when we started to seriously lose audience share (and revenue), the free food, drinks, and other frills started to disappear. In fact, I remeber at an all-hands meeting once, someone complained that the company should provide him free food.

I guess I've never really understood the expectation of free stuff mentality. Everywhere else I've worked, no one would ever think to suggest such a thing, especially at an all-hands meeting (especially when the company was having financial problems). I always thought that if the company paid reasonable wages, people would be able to buy/bring whatever they wanted to eat.

Some of you have probably already heard about 99zeros, the blog of a new Google employee that had some content temporarily pulled from it at Google's request. I chuckled at the comment about the $188 strike price. (Too rich for my blood.)

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nsingman
Jan. 28th, 2005 06:41 am (UTC)
Though I could have participated via an online brokerage account, I never had any interest in Google stock for those reasons, among others. I don't like the fact that the stock they hold has an order of magnitude more voting rights than the shares distributed in the IPO, I don't like their politics, I didn't like their unwillingness to disclose financials, and I have concerns about their future prospects.

It's too rich for my blood, too. :-)
nhowells91
Jan. 28th, 2005 12:38 pm (UTC)
The only time I get the "free stuff for me" mentality is when one is working in a not-for-profit outfit, and there is free stuff to go around - like samples or what have you that cannot be used due to logos or other reasons. It's like having some of what you're not earning made up for in freebies. This goes along with the "if the company paid reasonable wages..." and you're right.

(It was one of the perks of working in the Association of Alumni and Alumnae of MIT that one got fed while working the fund-raising and reunion shifts, as an example, sort of - and that we got to spread the goodies around the office that were rife during the holidays, frequently sent by companies currying favor. We would get a large fruit basket or something that didn't have the company name attached to it, but was signed by the company rep personally. If it had been a "directed" gift to the person responsible for purchasing their wares/services, it would have been unethical to accept it, but sent to the entire office, while questionable.. well, anyway, it made up for the pay.)

Oh - and there was plenty of free Lutheran coffee when I was working in the church, too. Odd, that.
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