Sometimes it’s fun to look back over the years to see what was happening way back when. Like going back to a much earlier meeting had between Redmond giant Microsoft and then new search engine powerhouse, Yahoo.
At the time, Yahoo was growing like mad and Microsoft was interested in exploring the possibility of working with the growing search engine company. But what strikes so many people as completely insane was Ballmer’s prediction that search was merely a fad.
Yes, apparently he felt that eventually, there would only be a few websites left on the Internet thus rendering the need for a search engine in the future, a moot point. Comical, especially considering how much involvement Microsoft has in search these days. Nothing against Ballmer, this is a mistake that anyone could have made way back when. After all, the Internet was still a place trying to find its land legs.