Google admits to three of its biggest mistakes

By Emil
Nov 3, 2010
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  1. Marissa Mayer, Google's VP of Geographic and Local Services, joined in 1999 as the company's 20th employee. During a recent 22-minute interview on Digg Dialogg, Mayer was asked "What do you think Google's biggest mistake has been during your presence there?" Mayer's answer pertained to three products: Wave,, and Gmail.

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  2. spyx

    spyx TS Rookie Posts: 57

    Wow i didnt know gmail was launched on April fools that interestng, but i have to agree that wave was ..well not coletely but a huge failure......
    google needs to put it together tiht all this privacy stuff or apple will get the upper hand :)
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,551   +595

    She joined Google in 1999? How old was she then - 12 years old??
  4. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    No, she was 24.

    Anyway, I am pretty sure these are not the only mistakes Google has made.
  5. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,011   +18

    Privacy is a concept that is changing in this day and age, but I think that Google is going at it a lot better than other companies, such as Facebook. IMO it seems that Google's bungles are mistakes, whereas a company like Facebook deliberately changes privacy settings, usually without any opt in process, forcing people to scramble around to restore their settings.
  6. taea00

    taea00 TS Enthusiast Posts: 102

    At least she mentioned Wave. While it had a great idea, it didn't really seem to fit any one group, it didn't respond well, when you'd get many people using one thread finding anything was a nightmare.
  7. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Guru Posts: 620   +118

    I'm not a huge google fan but it's nice to see a company that'll admit to it's mistakes and not skirt the issues or rationalize things. You can't honestly expect companies to be perfect (sry apple fanboys, it's true, lol j/k) but as long as do their best not to and own up to their mistakes when they make em then they're alright by me.
  8. theruck

    theruck TS Booster Posts: 100   +20

    biggest mistake was to add advertisement into youtube videos. not from finance dept. point of view of course...
  9. cardriverx

    cardriverx TS Rookie Posts: 82

    theruck, I am making some monies because of that, Id say it was a great idea.
  10. limpangel

    limpangel TS Member Posts: 64

    Apple is no privacy saint either. Haven't you heard of the unremovable zombi cookie that plagues the iOS? []

    Gmail never really did it for me. I always considered the Yahoo! mail client more advanced (ex. e-mail preview and tabs) and easier to use.
    But that doesn't matter anyway because for the last month or so I use Thunderbird with POP3 for all my Yahoo and Gmail accounts. It works great so far. :)
  11. blimp01

    blimp01 TS Enthusiast Posts: 144

    privacy issues are a big mistake lol
  12. theruck

    theruck TS Booster Posts: 100   +20

    great idea for whom? advertisements are evil in general. why would anybody want to look at them? you will end up watching your own videos to see others ads over your content hoping for 1 cent of earning. man go out to see some real life :)
  13. gLitCh32

    gLitCh32 TS Rookie Posts: 16

    I can agree that Wave was a huge mistake. I still have a hard time understanding exactly what it did!
  14. sMILEY4ever

    sMILEY4ever TS Booster Posts: 158

    Launching gmail on April Fools day wasn't so weird. It's just another day.
  15. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,677

    The also launched an ad called Toiler ISP on april first one year. google is known for their silly stunts.
  16. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,817   +485

    i like the idea of lunching stuff on 1st of April (joke or not) is a good idea. They get a lot of free publicity that way.
  17. mkillor

    mkillor TS Rookie

    Google makes mistakes? I don't believe it. But in all honesty who doesn't make mistakes. I love what google has done for technology. You go girl!
  18. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 811   +26

    You aren't alone. Even when you know what it was for, you still question what it was for, lol. But really it was for editing documents live with other wave users. And there was several other crap thrown in.
  19. grvalderrama

    grvalderrama TS Enthusiast Posts: 194

    That woman is beatiful, XD
  20. frodough

    frodough TS Rookie Posts: 90

    ya 4/1 is probably the one day out of 365 of them which you should avoid launching a serious product. i mean i had to laugh a bit on this, it's like they could not have shot themselves any harder on the foot.
  21. kevin1212

    kevin1212 TS Rookie Posts: 45

    Thank you... i was waiting for someone to mention that. I do agree... her looks are more interesting than the article. She is very beautiful.
  22. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    I'd hit it.
  23. AnonymousSurfer

    AnonymousSurfer TS Guru Posts: 451   +37

    Hahaha I NEVER knew it was launched on April fools...

    When I read the part on the screen here I thought it was referring to gmail being a mistake as itself, not the gmail april fools thing... :D
  24. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    This is crazy gmail came out on April fools lol. Shutting down any website without warning is crazy and will ultimately blow up in your face.
  25. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Indeed. :)

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