According to Google’s CEO Larry Page, “Facebook Is Doing A Really Bad On Their Products”.
Larry Page’s comments were published the same week that Facebook announced Graph Search a new search engine bring them closer to Google. The interview with the Google boss was, however, conducted by Wired magazine last month.
When Page was asked about Facebook, Google’s main competitor, he replied:
“It’s not the way I think about it. We had real issues with how our users shared information, how they expressed their identity, and so on. And, yeah, they’re a company that’s strong in that space. But they’re also doing a really bad job on their products. For us to succeed, is it necessary for some other company to fail? No. We’re actually doing something different. I think it’s outrageous to say that there’s only space for one company in these areas. When we started with search, everyone said, “You guys are gonna fail, there’s already five search companies.” We said, “We are a search company, but we’re doing something different.” That’s how I see all these areas.”
Page also said that he was “very happy” with Google+, the search giant’s social product. He added: “A lot of it has been copied by out competitors, so I think we’re doing a good job.”
The 39-year-old chief executive co-founded Google with Sergey Brin in 1998 when the pair were students at Stanford University. In 2001, they hired Eric Schmidt as chief executive. Page took over from Schmidt in April 2011.
The CEO added that he was “very excited” about the progress of Android, Google’s smartphone operating system. Reminded that Steve Jobs, the late founder and chief executive of Apple, had vowed to “go to thermonuclear war” against Android, Page replied: “How well is that working?”
“At the time we bought Android, it was pretty obvious that the existing mobile operating systems were terrible. You couldn’t write software for them. Compare that to what we have now. So I don’t think that betting on Android was that big a stretch.”
“You just had to have the conviction to make a long-term investment and to believe that things could be a lot better.”