I was reading on digg today and read a post about how Google was upset about an article from the Washington Post. The Washington Post was praising Google because “google” had entered Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. Google sent them a letter saying, “This characterization of Google, the letter warned, is “genericide” and should be avoided.” Google does not want their name to be used generically.
Are they stupid? The only reason they are making money is because this has happened. The Washington Post was praising them for such an accomplishment. I have a feeling Google may fail at some point because of pure stupidity. If you don’t understand why your company is doing well you will screw it up at some point. In the letter to the Washington Post they actually said it is improper to say “I googled somebody”. That is why your company is where it is. I have said many times this is why other companies will not beat Google at the Search game. I had no idea that even Google did not know this.