Google's Larry Page: Facebook does a "really bad job"

Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page has gone and flamed Facebook in a recent interview with Wired, saying that Facebook does a "really bad job on their products" when asked about Google's competition in the social realm. Page didn't elaborate on what specifically Facebook does a really bad job with, but it's a pretty bold statement to make against the largest social network.

Unsurprisingly Page thinks that Google is "doing a good job" with their own Google+ social network, despite the fact that the service does not nearly have as many users as Facebook. He says that there is room for more than one player in the social space, referencing to how Google made serious ground in a crowded search market by "doing something different", while also noting that some of their ideas have already been copied.

Page also made fun of Steve Jobs' famous "thermonuclear war" statement in the battle of iOS vs. Android, saying "how well is that working?" when Wired mentioned it. The rest of the interview focuses on Google's innovation, products and stance on litigation, so it's worth a read over at Wired if you have the time.

Source: Wired | Image via Larry Page's Google+

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So they didn't pick us and now we are angry. This guy and Gabe need to grow up or swap ass for a couple of nights.

I'm no fan of Google, but I don't think any elaboration is necessary. Facebook does do a horrible job with most everything they try to develop... They're just lucky that they fell into all of these users to be honest.

Sorry, Larry, but Facebook Graph Search will likely be more useful to me soon than Google Search. People just need to start sharing more things publicly, tagging things with locations, and Liking everything they actually like.

Some of Facebook's products aren't as good as yours in terms of the implementation, but they're much better in features (notably Timeline and Open Graph).

Heh, that comment right after their attack on search. Google felt pressure enough that they needed to comment, which should be more telling than what he says in the comment itself.

I think he should also take it easy with these comments for as long as Chromebooks and Chromeboxes are selling like they are today.

i tend to agree with google. and those fecesbook users. gawd. they actually like getting poked on their fecesbook. what a bunch of freaks.

I dunno what it is about Google but they were embraced by the geeks of the world for creating great products. But just recently they do nothing but **** everyone off. Dropping iGoogle. Dropping EAS from GMail. You can't go on any of their sites without Google+ being in your face.
I wish I could use Bing but I HATE that name. Microsoft tried to come up with a trendy name and utterly failed.

'' He says that there is room for more than one player in the social space ''

I strongly disagree. A social network isn't any good if it doesn't include half your friends because they're using a different service. So people are slowly pushed to use both and the one that most people like best endures. This is how Myspace and many others became second-class citizens.

Page is an arrogant prick who thinks he can do and get away with anything. I doubt he believes his own statement concerning there being room for multiple players. The way I see it Google is a young version of Microsoft. They want to dominate every market and they'll play dirty to make it happen. Eventually they'll get caught with their pants down, be forced to answer under oath, have a mental breakdown and start charitable organizations (the last part is just wishful thinking).

You can use Google fine without signing up for Google+. Android makes you sign up for google, iphone for apple, microsoft account for windows phone.

I need a Google + account to backup my photos on Android apparently. Why can't I just have them stored to my Google Drive? Because Google has their own agenda. Let alone not being able to remove the Google+ app as well

phate said,
You can use Google fine without signing up for Google+. Android makes you sign up for google, iphone for apple, microsoft account for windows phone.

By creating a MS account,your account isnt automatically part of socl.me (MS's network).
Make a Google account, and G+ is created automatically for you.

phate said,
You can use Google fine without signing up for Google+. Android makes you sign up for google, iphone for apple, microsoft account for windows phone.

I use my Gmail account for both Apple (iTunes) and Windows Live on my 360. I did not need to make new accounts for these products.

I agree with him 100%. I mean if anyone knows about "doing a bad job" it's this jumped up twerp. I was in China when he dropped the ball and ran away - leaving all his customers in the lurch. Good job, Larry. Then he had the unbelievable nerve to blame it on the big bad Chinese government when everyone knows he was getting his butt kicked badly by the locals. He even tried to tell us "China isn't a big market".

This guy is not only one of the most evil people alive but demonstrates an unbelievable arrogance. He makes Steve Jobs look like St Francis.

Sorry, Buddy; Facebook does suck, but so does Google+. I do think Google+ has the potential to un-suck in the future, so I keep my eye on it, but I'm not holding my breath. Social networking in general irritates me to begin with. I'll continue to use Facebook because that's where all my friends are, and honestly, everybody is so entrenched in it now I don't think they'll ever be dug out enough to contemplate a switch. FB is the defacto winner right now simply due to their user base and anybody else, including Google, is just a sideshow.

We have heard some around here, when Microsoft or Apple says something bad about Google, that it reflects poorly on those companies to attack a competitor. Wonder if those same people will say the same now about Google.

Head of evil corp talks about Google's innovation. What innovation all they do is buy companies and make their existing products into cr@p

Official Windows Phone app blows too.

Anyway. His little Google Plus is no good. The only reason users are really using it is because you can't do much on Google now without it!

Nashy said,
Official Windows Phone app blows too.

Anyway. His little Google Plus is no good. The only reason users are really using it is because you can't do much on Google now without it!

I wouldn't say users are even using it, just signing up... because really, your forced to now.

Exactly! I can't even review apps on Android without having one setup. I'd use the one I have, but the email I have associated with my Android device isn't the same email, thus I'd have to create a "new" account with that email, from the looks of it.

Wondering how many users have multiple profiles, between the different emails they run and just trying to get signed in on YouTube or what have you. Also, considering the incredible amount of spam via comments on YouTube, would it be safe to say there's plenty of spam accounts on Google+? (not saying Facebook doesn't have any, but I haven't seen a spam-bot on my Facebook in ages at least)

auziez said,

I wouldn't say users are even using it, just signing up... because really, your forced to now.


exactly,even if you want to review an app in the play store you have to have a g+ account,soon we'll be forced to have an g+ account to use google,youtube and everything

Nashy said,
Official Windows Phone app blows too.

Facebook didn't create that. Microsoft contracted a group in to do it.

Nashy said,
Still sucks.

I completely agree. I was just pointing that out because this article is about how Facebook build things not how Microsoft or their contractors build things.

Edited by Calum, Jan 18 2013, 8:00pm :

Timing of that Facebook comment seems a tad suspicious given the Graph Search announcement.

Small thing that was mentioned in the source article: was surprised to find out that flu shots are paid down there! I'd think at least large cities in the States would amass enough of a tax base to provide free shots for its citizens. Generous of Page to take the initiative to fund flu shots for all minors in the Bay Area but it shouldn't have came down to that.

Denis W said,
Timing of that Facebook comment seems a tad suspicious given the Graph Search announcement.

Small thing that was mentioned in the source article: was surprised to find out that flu shots are paid down there! I'd think at least large cities in the States would amass enough of a tax base to provide free shots for its citizens. Generous of Page to take the initiative to fund flu shots for all minors in the Bay Area but it shouldn't have came down to that.

Paying for health care!? that's preposterous eh!

Denis W said,
Timing of that Facebook comment seems a tad suspicious given the Graph Search announcement.

Small thing that was mentioned in the source article: was surprised to find out that flu shots are paid down there! I'd think at least large cities in the States would amass enough of a tax base to provide free shots for its citizens. Generous of Page to take the initiative to fund flu shots for all minors in the Bay Area but it shouldn't have came down to that.

Being a relatively recent immigrant to Canada I'm still getting used to the idea of paying for prescriptions. (free at point of use in N.Ireland)

"Page also made fun of Steve Jobs' famous "thermonuclear war" statement in the battle of iOS vs. Android, saying 'how well is that working?'"

Does he not get that Jobs is deceased?

aviator189 said,

Does he not get that Jobs is deceased?

Does it really matter? It's something he said in the past. You can't rewrite history because someone is dead.

Aww poor Hitler, now he's dead we can't say anything about what he did... /s

Mikeffer said,

Does it really matter? It's something he said in the past. You can't rewrite history because someone is dead.

Aww poor Hitler, now he's dead we can't say anything about what he did... /s


Wow, this was Godwin'ed pretty quick and a textbook example of a proper Godwin... I'm not sure how I should even go on when you compare Hitler to Steve Jobs... Let's just say that one is a recently deceased businessman leaving a family behind him and another a dictator backing concentration camps. I think it's more OK to mock one of those after death than the other.

Let's just say that one is a recently deceased businessman leaving a family behind him and another a dictator backing concentration camps.

So which one is Steve Jobs?

Northgrove said,

Wow, this was Godwin'ed pretty quick and a textbook example of a proper Godwin... I'm not sure how I should even go on when you compare Hitler to Steve Jobs... Let's just say that one is a recently deceased businessman leaving a family behind him and another a dictator backing concentration camps. I think it's more OK to mock one of those after death than the other.

I see you completely missed the point ^_^

Northgrove said,

Wow, this was Godwin'ed pretty quick and a textbook example of a proper Godwin... I'm not sure how I should even go on when you compare Hitler to Steve Jobs... Let's just say that one is a recently deceased businessman leaving a family behind him and another a dictator backing concentration camps. I think it's more OK to mock one of those after death than the other.

WOOSH! The sound of the point going completely over your head.

No one is comparing the two PEOPLE you moron. The point wasn't to compare Jobs to Hitler.

The comment is comparing the fact that somehow a person being dead means you can't quote them or talk about their legacy.

Sure Jobs is dead... Good, bad or indifferent... but Jobs did leave a legacy of lawsuits and anti-competitiveness. The lawsuits continue, in more than one country... And Apple continues to lose ground. Steve Jobs being dead doesn't affect the fact that "War" was waged... and war is being lost.

In any case... it's more than okay to mock a Business Leader that built a business on copying others and then declared war on those that copied him - irregardless of the fact that he's dead.

HoochieMamma said,
Must be referring to their official Android app. It blows.


the newest one is lots better but could be much much better

(Spork) said,

the newest one is lots better but could be much much better

It's lots better, but it's still pretty awful in general. I just use web when I need to check something, works better.

HoochieMamma said,
Must be referring to their official Android app. It blows.

And yet people whine constantly that they want Facebook developing their mobile apps rather than Microsoft (In the case of Windows Phone)... I would MUCH prefer Microsoft.