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With the new Facebook movie ‘The Social Network’ hitting the cinemas it seems to a good time to look back at some of the notorious arguments and fisti-cuffs that have graced (or disgraced) the world of technology.

For those of you who have been too engrossed in your SEO and ALT Tags recently, ‘The Social Network’ is David Finchers new movie the charts the rise and falling out of the Facebook founders Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin (played by Jesse Einsenberg and Andrew Garfield respectively). ‘The Social Network’ has received rave reviews Stateside and is being tipped for the Oscars already – until I have seen it I will reserve judgement.

The spectacular falling out of Facebook creators Zuckerberg and Saverin is nothing new in the world of technology, so in todays post we will look back on some of the other techy scuffles and Google slaps from years gone past – who would of thought that the quiet geeks would have such terrible tempers?

Ding, Ding ROUND 1!

Steve Jobs versus Eric Schmidt (Apple v Google)

Before 2007 Apple and Google were the best of friends with Eric Schmidt even sitting on Apples board for a while. Apple and Google were even reported to have a pact not to poach each others employees. Then Google released Android – in direct competition with Apples iPhone and the relation seemed to turn a little sour. When Google announced Google Chrome OS in mid 2009 (an operating system for netbooks) designed to run a multitude of ‘apps’ the Google/Apple love in was over. By August Schmidt had resigned from the board of Apple and Jobs is quoted as saying:

“Unfortunately, as Google enters more of Apple’s core businesses, with Android and now Chrome OS, Eric’s effectiveness as an Apple board member will be significantly diminished, since he will have to excuse himself from even larger portions of our meetings due to potential conflicts of interest.”

By January 2010 the argument had turned personal and Wired were reporting that Jobs was ranting about Google in employee meetings:

“We did not enter the search business. They entered the phone business. Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone. We won’t let them.”

Ding, Ding ROUND 2!

Jimmy Wales versus Larry Sanger (Wikipedia v Wikipedia)

Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger were the founders of the ever popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia – we think. They are credited with founding the knowledge giant all over the Internet apart from…Wikipedia (which Wales edited himself). Sanger left after numerous falling outs over the editing of the site and have numerous public digs at each other since.Jimmy Wales still refuses to acknowledge that Sanger was a co-founder of Wikipedia and Larry Sanger now oversees Citizendium (its like Wikipedia with stricter rules!)

Ding, Ding ROUND 3!

Steve Ballmer versus Mark Lucovsky (Microsoft v Google)

One of the most (in)famous outbursts in the world of technology came from the mouth of Steve Ballmer when he found out that one of his best known engineers was moving to rivals Google. Upon finding out that Lucovsky was going to Google he is reporting as saying (in reference to our old friend Eric Schmidt):

“I’m going to ++++ing bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again, I’m going to ++++ing kill Google.”

As ‘The Social Network’ hits our screens and I use the Internet Movie Database to check my movie facts I can report that Google is not yet dead.

Ding, Ding ROUND 4!

Wayne versus Katie (Hallam v Hallam)

It was last Tuesday, about whose turn it was to make coffee. It wasn’t very exciting and we resolved it quite quickly.

If you have five minutes to spare you may want to create your own Google Fight here – set up your opponents and let them fight it out in the world of search.

+++Wayne Barker+++

Recommended Reading:

Google UK versus Google USA

Bing versus Google

‘Did You Mean’ versus ‘Search Instead For’

One response to “The Social Network And Other ‘Google Slaps’”

  1. Susan Hallam says:

    I like your fighting theme, Wayne, and I think some of the best fights are food fights…

    Check out Bill Gates getting a pie in the face:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpCMJ2xlLfo

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