Google CEO Eric Schmidt Stepping Down‏

by jkiley
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what kind of effect will it have? will anything change?
#ceo #down‏ #eric #google #schmidt #stepping
  • Profile picture of the author ryanlucht
    Where did you hear this news? I haven't seen it anywhere, mind providing a link to a news article or something?

    edit: nevermind, found one: http://money.cnn.com/2011/01/20/tech...ogle_earnings/
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  • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
    Originally Posted by jkiley View Post

    what kind of effect will it have? will anything change?
    You can be certain that things will change. Most new CEOs likes to mark their territory with some obvious changes that they can stamp their name on. What will those changes be? Who knows! When Meg stepped down from eBay, her successor decided that it would be best to make it policy to screw sellers.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanlucht
    If I understand the Google Blog post on this correctly, Schmidt will still be involved in the organization, working there and advising on different things. So maybe there won't be extremely drastic changes. Also, I don't think a new CEO would effect what we IMers do with SEO, etc. Probably just direction in what new products/services they choose to develop/buy, etc.

    If somebody who's more familiar with the corporate world would like to explain exactly what Schmidt's new position is, I'd appreciate it.
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    We should all apply for the job now!
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  • Profile picture of the author ArticlePrince
    He doesn't take over until April 4, and the current CEO will still be executive advisor... other than peeing on a hydrant a few times (presidents, CEO's... they all to say 'look what I did') I doubt there will be any drastic changes.
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    Expect major changes coming. I was warned on this one. Sold all my stock from goog. What can we say.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      What can we say.
      That's the thing - we can say anything. We can conjecture and theorize - and whatever happens will still happen.

      We'll adjust if things change - because things are always changing.

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  • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
    I don't see Google dramatically changing the way it does business in a way that will affect us marketers. If anything Google might really begin to focus on OS creation and deployment as has been reported for months now.

    Again... the sky is not falling.
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  • Profile picture of the author 100Bandz
    Do you guys think Google might be feeling some heat from the uprising of facebook?
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    • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
      Originally Posted by 100Bandz View Post

      Do you guys think Google might be feeling some heat from the uprising of facebook?
      Oh most definitely. Facebook has turned into a force to be reckoned with. It has single handedly changed how many people use the internet to communicate. Now just imagine what happens when FB turns on the ability to search the web and not leave the site.
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      • Profile picture of the author FredJones
        Facebook would still have to product quality search results, like Google does, if they want to do it.

        Originally Posted by BloggingPro View Post

        Oh most definitely. Facebook has turned into a force to be reckoned with. It has single handedly changed how many people use the internet to communicate. Now just imagine what happens when FB turns on the ability to search the web and not leave the site.
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        • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
          He will still be part of the team running Google. He just won't be CEO.

          My thinking is that it is probably to remove him as the public face of the company. After all, he's known for saying some pretty stupid things, and things which really cause people to not have a positive impression of Google.

          So this seems to me to be a way of keeping his expertise at running the company while removing him as the public face of it.
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          • Profile picture of the author Trivum
            Originally Posted by Dan C. Rinnert View Post

            After all, he's known for saying some pretty stupid things, and things which really cause people to not have a positive impression of Google.

            Here are some of his contributions:

            • "One person's definition of evil is another person's different definition."
            • "Google policy is to get right up to the creepy line but not cross it. I would argue that implanting things in your brain is beyond the creepy line. At least for the moment, until the technology gets better."
            • "With Street View, we drive by exactly once, so you can just move."
            • "I actually think most people don't want Google to answer their questions. They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next."
            • "If I look at enough of your messaging and your location, and use Artificial Intelligence, we can predict where you are going to go."
            • "We know where you are. We know where you've been. We can more or less know what you're thinking about."
            • "If you have 14 pictures on the Internet, within a 95% confidence interval we can predict who you are. You say you don't have 14 pictures? You have Facebook pictures, so there."
            • "It's a bug that cars were invented before computers."
            • "One day Larry and Sergey bought Android, and I didn't even notice. Think about the strategic opportunities that has created. Sergey found Google Earth one day while he was surfing on the Web. And then he walked into my office and told me he bought them. And I said, 'for how much, Sergey?' And it turned out to be a few million."
            • "We want people to be more logged-in to Google."
            • "One day we had a conversation where we figured we could just try to predict the stock market. And then we decided it was illegal. So we stopped doing that."
            • "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place."
            • "Every young person one day will be entitled automatically to change his or her name on reaching adulthood in order to disown youthful hijinks stored on their friends' social media sites."
            • "Just remember when you post something, the computers remember forever."
            • "You can trust us with your data."
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            That said, many are only "stupid" because they are nakedly honest. Changing the way you say things doesn't change the way you do things.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dave Rodman
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      Originally Posted by 100Bandz View Post

      Do you guys think Google might be feeling some heat from the uprising of facebook?
      I've never understood why Facebook is a direct threat to Google. Google has Maps, News, Search, Adwords, Gmail, Docs, GoogleApps, Picasa, etc.

      Companies, big companies, are signing up for GoogleApps. It's a huge market that google is entering into.

      Sure, facebook is cool and it's a nice time waster. It's great for advertisers cause they have your data and can market to your more effectively.

      I don't know. As a tech geek, Google is 10x more important to me.
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      • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
        Originally Posted by Dave Rodman View Post

        Sure, facebook is cool and it's a nice time waster. It's great for advertisers cause they have your data and can market to your more effectively.
        I think it has been well documented that the reason Google is such a money making powerhouse is because of Google Adwords. What's going to happen when advertisers start leaving in droves because Facebook offers a more effective advertising platform?

        From an advertising perspective alone Facebook offers far better targeting tools, which leads to better conversions and more sales. Again what happens when Facebook turns on the ability to search the web from within their current search bar?
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        • Profile picture of the author Dave Rodman
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          Originally Posted by BloggingPro View Post

          I think it has been well documented that the reason Google is such a money making powerhouse is because of Google Adwords. What's going to happen when advertisers start leaving in droves because Facebook offers a more effective advertising platform?

          From an advertising perspective alone Facebook offers far better targeting tools, which leads to better conversions and more sales. Again what happens when Facebook turns on the ability to search the web from within their current search bar?
          It's hard to beat search advertising. Someone actively going to a website and searching out information is a person that's determined to get information.

          If you know I went to the U of Illinois, sure, it makes sense to put U of I jerseys as an advertisement. But it won't convert anywhere near the amount of the person that searches "University of IL jerseys"
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    • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
      Originally Posted by 100Bandz View Post

      Do you guys think Google might be feeling some heat from the uprising of facebook?
      Think? I would almost say I "know" they are!
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