So I don't work on YouTube and I only barely know these very new Googlers. Those that I've met I like. They seem quite googley, engineery and are very competent. So, with that in mind, there are times as a Googler when you see the actions of those who would wish us ill and you think, very simply, "Go ahead."
Not like the George Bushian "Bring them on" but just... "Go ahead." as in... It's a big old world....if you make a bigger & better YouTube than we can, then terrific, do it.
And this bring me to the topic of todays post. Those last two , nikean, words.... Do It.
Don't say you're going to do it.
You see this all the time in the computer industry.....a pr person calls a reporter or preps a press release and it talks about the grand innovation that they (and perhaps their pals) will bring to the market. It'll be great! It will change the world. It will be the Google of that particular vertical, market, or whatever.
Sometimes, when these are specifically targeted at my employer, she of the grand cafes and profligate collection of physioballs, I can only think if you do these things you speak of you will be doing us a great favor. Yes, I'm talking about the possible combination of...
News Corp, Microsoft, NBC, AOL, MSN and Yahoo.
I'm picturing the meetings. The posturing. The bandwidth provisioning. The advertising meetings. The legal reviews. The pr reviews. The plans. The emails. The cross-functional , inter corporate steering committees.
Who pays for what with what? Who is in charge? Who picks the content? Does anyone pick the content? Who can upload? What can they upload? When can they upload? How long will it take to transcode? Can a video be downloaded to iPod? Archos? Zune? Who will monitor the uploads?
The Layers.....oh god, the layers.....The managers, the lawyers, the executives, the ops people, the accountants, the lawyers, the programmers, the lawyers, the qa teams, the lawyers, the secops people, the users, the producers, directors, key grips and craft people. The talent, the fx houses, the compressors, the vast use of ffmpeg and all that entails. All from all the different companies.
Funnily enough, I don't wish them to fail. I truly believe that YouTube can continue it's remarkable path even in the presence of an efficiently functioning service like that being aspired to above. But....and I mean this.....I'm glad to not have to to be the one deploying the consortium based video site.
But they would have been better to have launched their site than to talk about it.
Secondly.....this week Microsoft got a -lot- of pr attention for announcing their intention to open source FoxPro.
Those of you who read my previous rant on the subject know that one of my favorite pet peeves centers on those that would claim open sourceyness when none is in evidence.
Microsoft says they will release source code into codeplex. This, my reportering friends in the media and on blogs, doesn't necessarily mean open source. This means that they are planning on releasing code into codeplex. No more, no less.
Until they actually do release the software onto codeplex, we have nothing but talk to rely on. It would be great if they release foxpro into open source , but until they do, it's just code you can't use. Again, nothing wrong with -not- releasing code into open source, but if it is not actually released under an open source licences, then it is just software.
So, end of today's post. The moral: Don't Talk. Do. Don't yammer. Launch. Release. Ship. FCS, you know?