I find it interesting how the whole tech blogosphere seems to think that since the explosion of blogs and the whole Web 2.0 ethos of warm and fuzzy Google sponsored do no evil that corporate business practices are going to change. It as if with the dawn of the blogosphere a whole new set of rules have suddenly been ensconced in stone and that all corporations regardless of their business has to take these rules to heart.
In a post today about the speculation over Microsoft’s upcoming software announcement MG Siegler said something in his comments that got me thinking about all of this. In the comment he says (emphasis mine):
If they have some software that is truly excellent, they should make sure as many people as possible can use it. It’s little things like that which could help them shake the ‘bad guy’ image we’ve seen from them in recent years and has very much been put on display during the recent Yahoo/MSFT talks.
The thing that gets me here is the thought that people seem to think that Microsoft’s behavior in regards to this Yahoo deal is any departure from the actions any corporation would be using in the real world of global business practices. The idea that corporate takeovers or much of the global dealings that happen between billion dollar behemoths is done in a lily white arena of kumbaya lets all get together for a group hug gushiness is deluding themselves.
Big business has always been a dirty street fighter when it comes to takeovers – friendly or not. Any and all tactics are used and many of them that would probably shake the goodie two shoes crowd to the souls of their Birkenstocks. In the corporate world there is no such thing as Queensbury Rules and if you think that is going to change because of a bunch of folks tapping away on keyboards into the internet ether then you’ve been spending too much time in a Starbucks lineup.
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