Google Hires FireFox – Well FireFox’s Developer
There has been lots of speculation over the past few months on Google creating the Google Browser, yesterday Ben Goodger, the lead engineer for Mozilla Firefox, has announced that he will be joining Google, Inc.. Of course, in his blog entry he doesn’t disclose the nature of his job at Google.
As of January 10, 2005, my source of income changed from The Mozilla Foundation to Google, Inc. of Mountain View, California. My role with Firefox and the Mozilla project will remain largely unchanged, I will continue doing much the same work as I have described above – with the new goal of successful 1.1, 1.5 and 2.0 releases. I remain devoted full-time to the advancement of Firefox, the Mozilla platform and web browsing in general. I’m sure you have many questions. While I will be spending more time at Google, I will work out of the Mozilla Foundation offices regularly as the need arises. For all questions regarding Google, I ask that you contact Google directly, rather than myself.
In a thread at WebmasterWorld Brett Tabke set the record straight, that we should not continue to speculate on a Google Browser. Brett said, “this is not the first browser guy Google has hired.” He then lists three things that Google can use Ben for, instead of building a browser;
- The complete elimination of hidden text from *any* code based source.
- The interpretation of div’s and css with 100% accuracy.
- Key word ‘spamming’ could all but be eliminated in all it’s form.
Columnist Barry Schwartz is the Editor of Search Engine Roundtable and President of RustyBrick, Inc., a Web services firm specializing in customized online technology that helps companies decrease costs and increase sales.