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Google’s Shopping Spree

Posted by Bob Zenith on September 28, 2010

Well, if you’ve been paying attention to tech news, you’ve probably already heard that Google has been acquiring quite a lot of companies; however, it may not have dawned on you just how many Google has bought.

note: this shows Google’s acquisitions over several years (2001-2009), not 2010. Image courtesy of leavegooglebehind.com

So far, in 2010, Google has bought 23 different companies, ranging from social networking to search engines, even a gaming site. In comparison, Microsoft has bought none.

This is not a surprise (At least not to me). Like other large companies, Google’s primary goal is to monopolize it’s area of expertise. First, that was search engines. Check. Second, Google went after Email. Check. Thirdly, it is going after browser market share with the rapidly growing Google Chrome browser. Google Docs is also having Microsoft Office for lunch.

We’ve all heard this story before in school. In the U.S, some famous monopolies included Rockefeller, Carnegie, and AT&T. What is different with Google? (except that it is modern, obviously.) The fact is, Google is a modern monopoly.

What to do? Boycott Google!

Instead of Google, use Scroogle (no cookies, can even use encryption!)

Instead of Gmail, use Hushmail – even Yahoo or Hotmail

Instead of Google Docs, use Microsoft Office – better yet, use Open Office; (free, open source)

Instead of Chrome, use Firefox or Opera

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2 Responses to “Google’s Shopping Spree”

  1. Brian said

    Google is definitely planning for world domination one day, or at least the entire internet. It’s expanding into many diverse areas and they show no sign of slowing down their shopping spree.

    That infographic goes up to 2009 and Google acquired many more startups since then, such as Picnik.

    • Bob Zenith said

      Google is definitely planning for world domination one day, or at least the entire internet.

      Don’t forget television, too.

      That infographic goes up to 2009 and Google acquired many more startups since then, such as Picnik.

      Yeah, it was the only graphic I knew of off-hand.

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