Anti-Google Anger

Marco Arment in Your favorite Thursday sandwich, where he argued against Om Malik’s decision not to use Google Keep:

“In this business, you can’t count on anything having longevity. To avoid new services that are likely to get shut down within a few years, you’d have to avoid every new tech product. Products and services lasting more than a few years are the exception, not the rule.”

And while I feel he does make a valid point, Marco overlooked a key difference between Google and every new tech product: Google has done this in the past and will do it again: this is not the first time they have closed the doors on a product we love, nor will it be the last. That’s the difference here. That’s the problem. Unfortunately though, Marco is right: everyone will continue to use Google’s products despite this uncertainty. Sure, a few may take a principled stand like Om Malik did, but at the end of the day, it won’t matter.