Open Google

openRead a Googler’s view on open standards, open source, and open information – important because it’s Jonathan Rosenberg, Senior Vice President of Product Management. Extremely interesting in terms of strategy definition, open communication (and admitting that Google isn’t there yet):

There are two components to our definition of open: open technology and open information. Open technology includes open source, meaning we release and actively support code that helps grow the Internet, and open standards, meaning we adhere to accepted standards and, if none exist, work to create standards that improve the entire Internet (and not just benefit Google). Open information means that when we have information about users we use it to provide something that is valuable to them, we are transparent about what information we have about them, and we give them ultimate control over their information. These are the things we should be doing. In many cases we aren’t there, but I hope that with this note we can start working to close the gap between reality and aspiration.

Sure this dialog on openness may seem like the PR part of the “do no evil” message, but I believe them that it’s not a message alone but an approach to business.

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