Larry Page Posts Update Marred By 'Corporate Speak'

by , Apr 6, 2012, 1:15 PM
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Marking his first year back as Google’s CEO, Larry Page just posted an “update” in which he articulates, well, not a whole lot.

“In it, [Page] underscored Google’s commitment to making big long-term bets and to its social network Google+, but he did not make any big revelations or provide any financial details,” writes The Los Angeles Times.

“It is a bit of corporate-speak, but nevertheless it feels like it is from a guy who feels happy with his first 12 months in the job,” according to GigaOm.

“Reminiscent of a State of the Union address,” The Verge writes of the update: “Social search and product unification is [sic] at the forefront of the conversation.”

Reasons Wired: “Though the memo of course puts Google in its best light, it does have a sense of authenticity, as it accurately reflects the values and thought process of its author.”

Also, as GigaOm adds, the letter is not entirely without details, including the claim that Google+ now has more than 100 million “active users.”

“Of course, Page failed to define ‘active,’ leaving room for the social network’s naysayers to counter with skeptical critiques,” remarks VentureBeat. “As one astute Twitter user put it today, "Define active? Me logging into Gmail every day, which automatically shows me as available in G+, doesn’t make me an active user.”

Meanwhile, as Reuters reports, Page “signaled Google's intentions to make hardware devices when its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings closes later this year, even as some observers have speculated that Google was only interested in the company for its extensive patent portfolio.”

“In a side reference to the ‘Do No Evil’ motto that Google unveiled when it went public, Page said that Google has ‘always believed that it's possible to make money without being evil,’” CNet notes. “At the same time, however, he acknowledged that tapping that emotional chord is harder than simply turning a slogan into a corporate goal.”

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