In January, I wrote about Quaero, a planned European multimedia search engine, the answer to Google and brainchild of the French government.
My own thoughts about it were expressed thus:
[…] The idea of Quaero is a terrific one. Yet I can’t imagine anything more oxymoronic than “government-backed search engine.”
Loic Le Meur – a Frenchman – has posted a withering commentary on this oxymoron, lambasting the French government in the process.
Headline points from Loic’s 10 reasons why the French search engine will fail:
- Can’t spell it.
- Secret versus beta.
- No buzz, no adoption.
- A galaxy of actors who compete to get the subventions and don’t get much noticed for their latest web innovations.
- Not really international.
- A neverending story.
- Not enough euros.
- Subventions euros are not worth venture capital euros.
- Google is a thousand startups
See Loic’s post for the excruciating details.
10 GrÃ¼ne, warum Quaero scheitern wird…
Loic Le Meur, franzÃ¶sischer Unternehmer, Weblog-Experte und zum "Entrepreneur 2005 of Europe" gewÃ¤hlt, erlÃ¤utert in seinem Blog, warum das deutsch-franzÃ¶sische Suchmaschinenprojekt Quaero scheitern wird. Kurz zusammengefasst deshalb: 1. M…
I wanted to ask you about this yesterday at ZeitGeist event! Great presentation…thanks
But seriously…….why would the German and French governments invest in a search engine?
Do they see Google as a threat? On what basis?
Thanks Rod. I wasn’t at Zeitgeist, though but Loic was.
Re Quaero, Loic’s post really says it all. Maybe the govts do see Google as a threat although I think it’s more to do with French national pride or somesuch notion. Expensive pride.
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