Here is the new order:
- Microsoft is the new IBM (which is to say, mostly irrelevant)
- Google is the new Microsoft (but I like the new one better)
- Facebook is the new Google
Back when Google was tiny and Microsoft was terrifying, I used to tell people that eventually Microsoft would be making anti-trust complaints against Google. Most people felt that I had a very weak grasp on reality. Now I'm hearing grumblings. After all, it's not like Microsoft has a real shot at direct competition -- they are behind and continue to lose ground.
Please note: I do NOT work for Google, or anyone else for that matter.
Update: Some people seem to be taking my "G is the new MS", "FB is the new G", etc statements a little too literally. I'm not suggesting that they are literally becoming those other companies, but rather that they are taking their place in the tech ecosystem, in the sense of X is the new Y.