John Battelle interviewed Terry Semel this morning at Web 2.0. Below are some select quotes I found particularly interesting.
If you look at Google as being more than search, “as a portal [Google] would probably be rated #4.”
“So far [Google] seems to have no real plan, but maybe they do.”
“We think the big change on the Internet is not just to get more and more unique users. As we go forward it’s more about a deeper experience, more time spent, and a deeper experience for users and advertisers.”
Almost every session is mentioning Google even though there are no Google representatives on stage. Google is mentioned in terms of its mission statement, it’s “don’t be evil” mantra, its backend infrastructure, as well as its latest products.