In today’s crazy stuff from Mountain View, Sergey Brin, Googles co-founder to the Guardian:
The threat to the freedom of the internet comes, he claims, from a combination of governments increasingly trying to control access and communication by their citizens, the entertainment industry’s attempts to crack down on piracy, and the rise of “restrictive” walled gardens such as Facebook and Apple, which tightly control what software can be released on their platforms.
He said he was most concerned by the efforts of countries such as China, Saudi Arabia and Iran to censor and restrict use of the internet, but warned that the rise of Facebook and Apple, which have their own proprietary platforms and control access to their users, risked stifling innovation and balkanising the web.
“There’s a lot to be lost,” he said. “For example, all the information in apps – that data is not crawlable by web crawlers. You can’t search it.”
I mean, besides mentioning oppressive governments and Facebook/Apple in the same sentence, what is this guy smoking?
I’ll tell you: Less, and less. Less market share, and less money. Because, make no mistake about it, Google is in huge trouble. Ecosystems like Apple’s and Facebook’s are killing Google’s revenue. 95+% of it comes from PC-based search. We’re all moving to a post-PC world, a world that doesn’t rely on Google. That’s why they like to, and increasingly have to, play the “open” card – even if no one believes that they are “open” anymore.
And by “there’s a lot to be lost” he means Google’s money, nothing else, because they can not access user data in apps, and they’re not a player in mobile by any statistics that count. This is life-threatening to them.