T. Z. adds that he'll miss Google Docs and Gmail if they go, but most Chinese won't, since they use Baidu, and that the climate of opinion of China "is definitely getting better, just give it more time."
Meanwhile, Cringester C. M. is skeptical that Google will make good on its threats to leave China.
I think that they will have to take a good long hard look. If they want any market share in the future for smart phones then, I think they will still have to play ball. ...I personally think that if Google does leave China it will only shoot itself in the foot and the other companies will rejoice, because that would mean that 20% of the market share is now up for grabs.
And reader C. P. says he wants Google to fight cyber fire with cyber fire:
I like to think that Truth, Justice & the American Way will triumph over evil, but I don't know. ... As for Google. Good for them for saying something, but I think I would rather have seen them engage in some covert Internet warfare. Of course, they couldn't say anything if they did, being covert and all. Maybe they figured the publicity and the international spotlight would be worth more than some secret victories that would just p*** off the Chinese Overlords.
That is a good question. If you worked at Google (or any of the other companies targeted), wouldn't you want to do some reverse mojo to help break through the great firewall?
If you were Google (or Facebook) what would you do? Post your thoughts below or e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org.