An Open Letter from the President of the United States of Google

An Open Letter from the President of the United States of Google

esperandmThe world’s ability to communicate with one another is a key factor in its rapid evolution and economic growth. The Esperanto language was invented last century as a politically neutral language that would foster peace and international understanding. Since the launch, we’ve seen first-hand the benefits of a constructed language:

  • A pure form of communication that is unsullied by cultural context;
  • Broad adoption by as many as 10,000 speakers
  • Independent (yet mostly compatible) dialects that not only bring additional choice for speakers also foster healthy competition and innovation

We expect even more communication between people in the coming year and are therefore focusing our investments in languages that are created based on constructed language principles. To that end, we are changing the spoken and written language of this nation to make it consistent with the form of speech already supported by the Language Creation Society. Specifically, we are supporting the Esperanto and Klingon languages, and will consider adding support for other high-quality constructed languages in the future. Though English plays an important role in speech today, as our goal is to enable open innovation, its further use as a form of communication in this country will be prohibited and our resources directed towards languages that are untainted by real-world usage.

These changes will occur in the next couple months but we are announcing them now to give citizens using other languages an opportunity to translate the libraries of the world into Esperanto.

Dankon, nedankinde!

  • Very funny. Though you might add a disclaimer:

    My employer is a co-owner of 'English'. You may use English only with our consent. And we will also charge you to use English in the future.

    www.mpegla.com/.../Licensors.aspx

  • This is very amusing; not because the analogy is particularly good one, but because by making it, you are making Google to be the good, if perhaps very naive, guys, and necessarily, by contrast, make MS look like the bad, though not at all naive, guys. Well done, welcome to a world where texts have no authors, only readers ...

  • Typo: "not only bring additional choice for speakers also foster healthy competition" is missing a "but" ("not only bring additional choice for speakers but also foster healthy competition").

  • If your analogy were more appropriate, and the use of English had nebulous threats hanging over any commercial use (sorry, your restaurant sign is in English so please send us some royalties), this proposal would be entirely valid and would be adopted by pretty much everyone.

    Very little currently uses the video tag, and where they do they serve it up specifically and only for iOS devices. It is green fields for such a make the right choice proposal. That Microsoft has an issue with it is hardly surprising, however.

  • Bravo Tim!

  • Why doesn't people understand the idea of `Open'?.

  • Well played, sir... Well played.

  • Personally I find this a sorry reflection the "inward reality distortion field" thats part of the culture in Microsoft. There are genuine and real concerns that people have about the licencing behind h264. The release of Web-M has already resulted in the h264 licencing becoming much more favorable for people wanting to use the codec in the future. The fact that Microsoft don't see this or truly see the advantage of Web-M being a candidate for a html video tag codec is frankly quite disheartening.

    I've heard once it's hard for a person to understand something in which their salary depends on them not understanding. But i have a deep seated feeling that if Microsoft don't wake up and take a handle on the advantages for everyone of using open and free specs and even open source software around the web, and stop trying to fight it as much as they can before being forced to change, the good will they've earned with many people with windows 7 and windows phone 7 will be quickly spent and they will be left in the dust by the rest of the world.

  • Typical Microsoft retarded employees like Tim Sneath failing to see the point.

    In other good news, IE usage is down to less than 50% now.

  • Dumb. So why is the message written in English?

  • I love it!

  • This is great on so manay levels.  WOW - new respect to Microsoft from this long time defector to the apple camp

  • "This is great on so manay levels.  WOW - new respect to Microsoft from this long time defector to the apple camp"

    Heh, okay, this deserves a reply. I don't know if Microsoft has noticed, but Apple fanatics have taken to holding Microsoft as their crippled, non-threatening close friend.

    Oh they love their iPhone, for instance, but if they *had* to buy something else, sure it would be a Windows Phone 7 device, because it's awesome, they say.

    Because they see it as zero threat. Suddenly there's this great admiration for Microsoft and what it does, because it represents some sort of half-witted attempt to undermine Android/Google.

  • Qapla'   !!!

  • English is FREE even for commercial use. What do you think you are writing?

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