Googler Defends Google & Facebook On HackerNews

Jan 21, 2013 • 8:40 am | comments (7) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics
 

Google & Facebook ShieldReginald Braithwaite went on a rant on his blog about how Google and Facebook don't do enough to work on serious issues, such as health issues like diabets.

He wrote in a very very strong tone:

Why the #@$% are the greatest minds of our generation toiling away in the Googleplex, harnessing the greatest computing resources in history, trying to figure out how to get Scott Hanselman to click on ads?

Why the #@$% are programers strategizing how to pivot Facebook into being a dating site?

Why the #@$% is everybody and his brother trying to remix the same five or six tired "social" ideas in the hope of being acqui-hired to toil in the bowels of Google or Facebook?

Now I can imagine that this could really bother an engineer at Google or Facebook. Heck, this can be incredibly insulting and it was.

Googler, moultano at HackerNews, defended both Google and Facebook's work in this area and shared his thoughts in a short snippet. He wrote:

Lots of people in the Googleplex, including my team, are working to make sure that when Scott Hanselman types [blood sugar monitoring] into Google he gets useful results. I'm working on this because I believe it to be the most important thing within range of my skills and experience.

People at Facebook are working to allow Scott Hanselman to be able to find friends of friends with diabetes to ask for advice.

Who is right?

Forum discussion at HackerNews.

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Comments:

Chris McGiffen

01/21/2013 02:22 pm

I would also think there are plenty of people outside the industry who would find Reginalds rant insulting; plenty of great minds of this generation are working on such problems, just not so visibly within such high profile companies.

Josh

01/21/2013 04:49 pm

Meh. I can see the merit on both sides. One could argue one may lead to the other. But both side do bring up good points. Just wish he would have brought it up in a more professional way.

studiumcirclus

01/21/2013 05:25 pm

This is interesting; but I think the original post is moreso asking why our most talented individuals are picking careers in data retrieval and presentation rather than, say - working on a cure for a deadly disease. It's a bit misleading though. Whilst huge numbers of talented people ARE in Search, the real 'Hawkings' amongst us will always be in science. Demonstrating the existence of physical laws and phenomena through 'pure' mathematics.

jm_cook

01/21/2013 11:48 pm

Has Googler actually typed "blood sugar" into Google. I did and I see more paid ads that organic results. And the ads dominate the top of the page.

Novice in Tokyo

01/22/2013 07:38 am

""Why the #@$% are the greatest minds of our generation toiling away in the Googleplex, harnessing the greatest computing resources in history, trying to figure out how to get Scott Hanselman to click on ads? Answer – Filling the pockets of the Shareholders! Comment – If they actually were the greatest minds they would be working on the Street filling their own pockets. Or maybe "the Greatest Minds# are just very naive and think they are idealistically doing something incredibly good for humanity working at google. Serious – Those Minds and Computer resources could actually make a difference in the world if 10-20% were diverted into charitable work and research. ""Why the #@$% are programers strategizing how to pivot Facebook into being a dating site? Answer – World domination. Both Reginald Braithwaite and "Googler, moultano" are right! But sometimes a state or a large corporate organism don't go the way all the inhabitants of that particular anthill wants. Somebody or several at the top goes over the deep end, usually becomes megalomaniacs or greedy or other similar syndromes You can see this from Braithwaite's "Why the #@$% are the greatest minds of our generation" what is this if not a megalomaniac. How many googlers have won a Noble Prize or would even ever be nominated? None! All googlers I have met has been very nice people but it seems as the anthill itself is more and more becoming the "Evil Empire".

Alan

01/22/2013 07:23 pm

Like Google or Facebook give a toss about diabetics.

Lord of SEO

01/22/2013 08:35 pm

'greatest minds?' fuck off. Also all Google want is to make $$$$ they don't care about that crap, Zuckerberger is similar $$$$$

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