Wired: One area where people say that Google is indeed motivated by competition is the social realm, where in the past two years you have been working hard in a field dominated by a single rival, Facebook. That’s not the case?
Page: It’s not the way I think about it. We had real issues with how our users shared information, how they expressed their identity, and so on. And, yeah, they’re a company that’s strong in that space. But they’re also doing a really bad job on their products.
(Referencing to Steven Levy’s interview with Page in Wired.)
Google is well-known for its “Don’t Be Evil” motto, one that has lately somewhat plagued the company as it has come under fire over privacy, anti-trust and other issues. Was yesterday’s public letter from CEO Larry Page an abandonment of that, in favor of a more achievable goal of wanting to be loved?