Google+ Ruined Company

Date: March 14, 2012

Former Microsoft engineer James Whittaker was thrilled to join the competition, until he noticed Google was shifting its goals toward social media. The biggest name in search was making Google+ a priority, which, according to Whittaker, went against company’s initial purpose. “The Google I was passionate about was a technology company that empowered its employees to innovate. The Google I left was an advertising company with a single corporate-mandated focus," said Whittaker. In addition, he took a jab at Google’s policy of allowing employees to spend a fifth of their time on side projects: “Suddenly, 20% meant half-assed.” Tell'em why you mad, Whit.