“I was busy.”
And there you have it. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt had that to say when pressed on why he didn’t get the Silicon Valley darling into the social networking sphere sooner and in ways better than Google Buzz, despite the fact that he wrote memos about the threat posed by Facebook and LinkedIn.
To be fair, Schmidt probably was quite busy while he was running Google on a day-to-day basis.
But seeing as he was in charge, you’d think he could have ordered an underling to focus on social. Instead, the company’s failure to come up with a credible social network on his watch counts as Schmidt’s “biggest regret.”
It probably had as much to do with the unwieldy nature of the company that had grown to be one of the largest in the U.S. But the rise of social search has chipped away at Google’s complete dominance in online search.
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