The delicious case got me thinking: What if Google would quit all their services tomorrow?
No more Gmail, Youtube, Maps, Google Docs, Google Search, Google Reader and no more Google Wave and Buzz. Ok, maybe we won’t miss all of those that much, but what I realize now is how many of Google’s Services I use on a daily basis and I’m wondering what would happen if they would all disappear tomorrow.
Total chaos on the internet. A world wide web that is crippled like a deer that got shot in it’s leg. Twitter would be overloaded and probably Altavista’s dusty servers would get the ride of a lifetime just before they will be shut down next week. Or will Yahoo keep Altavista in that case? Because the next step will be an enormous race to jump into the gap left behind by Google. Developers working day and night like fanatic World of Warcraft users to create a search engine or mail service similar to Google’s. Or would somebody break in to the deserted Google HQ and try to rob all of Google’s data and leave with a gazillion terabytes of personal information? And would that man be Mark Zuckerberg?
Many questions that will probably go unanswered forever. Or won’t they? It would make an awesome April fools day joke if Google would shut itself down for just an hour. Everybody at Microsoft would jump out of their chairs and Bing would feel like how it’s like to be Google for 60 minutes before going back to it’s dormant state forever.