I have personally been wondering what is going on with the Google vs. China government. My friends are asking me the latest, but its really quiet….there was tons of news on it, back and forth with the Chinese government, news press releases, and other crazy news….then it got quiet.
Google Buzz came out, and seems to have just let people see any Google product inside of it without being blocked in China.
Mar 12, 2010 at 9:08am ET by Greg Sterling
Ever since Google’s bold statement early this year that it would be withdrawing from the Chinese search market if it couldn’t find a way to operate without censorship, Mountain View has found itself in a bit of a no-win situation. Google CEO Eric Schmidt has expressed several times that the company would like to remain in China (the largest internet and mobile market on the planet) despite the tough stand.
So for those of you that don’t know what “face” is in China – its basically respect. And sadly, I would say Google has lost respect here. Because they seem irresponsible, to leave the chinese people – as in China, I have learned, you cannot change the government. The government will lose money, investment, etc etc- they dont care – they want power and control. So to think the government here cares about google staying or not, and to use the Chinese people as a way to leverage the stance of Google in China – is silly and shows how little Google knows about China…..
I think google will stay, I think they will end up being quiet about the whole debate, and they will have to listen to what the government says….at least they tried, but the fashion in which they tried seems sorely mis-calculated.