Google Co-Founder: Facebook is "Doing a Really Bad Job on Their Products"

Google co-founder and current CEO Larry Page believes Facebook is "doing a really bad job on their products".

"Yeah, they're a company that's strong in that space," he told Wired. "But they're also doing a really bad job on their products. For us to succeed, is it necessary for some other company to fail? No. We're actually doing something different."

Page doesn't elaborate on what products he's not particularly impressed with. That said, the interview was carried out before the announcement of Graph Search, an extremely specific search engine tailored for the social network.

He did, however, state that Google's social networking platform, Google+, remains one of its core focuses and believes it has room to grow.

"I’m very happy with how it has gone. We’re working on a lot of really cool stuff. A lot of it has been copied by our competitors, so I think we’re doing a good job."

"For us to succeed, is it necessary for some other company to fail? No. We’re actually doing something different. I think it’s outrageous to say that there’s only space for one company in these areas. When we started with search, everyone said, “You guys are gonna fail, there’s already five search companies.” We said, “We are a search company, but we’re doing something different.” That’s how I see all these areas."

His comment's follow Google+'s VP of product stating that Facebook is a social network of the past and the fact that it's "pissing users off". Google+ boasts 135 million monthly active users and 500 million members in total, while Facebook has over one billion monthly active members.

 

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  • Anonymous
    "For us to succeed, is it necessary for some other company to fail? No"

    Yes, that's exactly it. The only reason people use Facebook is because everyone uses it. As soon as the critical mass of enough friends is on something else, then you switch. Why would I use a new social network that no one I know is using?
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  • stratplaya
    Facebook has a product???
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  • diddo
    If Facebook is/was doing a bad job, Google co-founder would not bother talk about it.
    my 2c...
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  • Anonymous
    "For us to succeed, is it necessary for some other company to fail? No"

    Yes, that's exactly it. The only reason people use Facebook is because everyone uses it. As soon as the critical mass of enough friends is on something else, then you switch. Why would I use a new social network that no one I know is using?
    10