The fight over real names, which was a constant area of discussion for the company during my time there, is a case in point. Google’s desire for privacy and choice was in direct contradiction to its need for real names to get the data it wanted. Google+ was not the only social network that required real names, but it was the hardest to avoid thanks to its integration across Google’s product portfolios. Frankly, the issue always got more publicity than it should have (really, there were so few people who actually cared about this issue based on user feedback), but it was a telling issue that Google just couldn’t think outside of its voracious appetite for data.
This guy is going to be in trouble no matter where he works.
He has the Big Data mindset.
Saying “so few” people cared is to mistake popularity for importance.
The human race is not pushed forward by the many. It’s pushed forward by the few.
Out of the tens of thousands of NSA employees and contractors, there’s been only one Edward Snowden.
Because only he came forward, does that mean “so few” people care about what the NSA has done (and is probably still doing)? Because only he came forward to blow the whistle, does that dismiss the importance of what he did?
What about Deep Throat and the Watergate scandal? Because only he cared, it didn’t matter?
If this guy can’t understand why the hell anonymity matters, why Google’s push for Real Names was so idiotic, he shouldn’t be in the business of handling any user information.