But it’s a matter of degrees. Google isn’t lining up people and sending them to gas chambers. Sure, there are cases where I will take a stand against a company because I think some injustice is being done. I just had to explain to an Arkansan fellow employee why I won’t eat at a certain chicken place that is extremely popular in this part of the country. They are (IMHO) donating to causes that aim to increase discrimination and deny basic human rights to people I love, friends and family. But that is very different - I believe actual human rights are being violated.
Their “crime” is that the people at Google are extremely good at what they do. Their “crime” was that they saw that the other search engines weren’t doing a good enough job. In essence, mediocrity and apathy had a monopoly and Google busted it wide open. What are they supposed to do? Lower the quality of their product so their competitors can catch up? This is the world of business, not “everyone gets a participation medal and you’re all winners”.
Whenever a company starts to do very well, people climb over each other to denounce it. It’s very predictable. As a culture, I suspect we’ve come to define ourselves by what we’re against instead of what we’re for, or even what we do. For some, it’s become a fashion statement.
Whether or not it’s a monopoly is a question of law and politics. If you want the Justice department to go after them, then call your congressperson.
And again, I’M NOT SAYING NOT TO USE FIREFOX! You can use whatever you want when you’re searching for cat videos. You can even refuse to use Chrome for personal use, if you want. I’m saying that as a serious developer, you need to be familiar with the quirks of Chrome and it is best to make sure your layouts are optimized for Chrome, because it is the overwhelming majority of users out there, including potential employers.
Go ahead and use Firefox. Do what you want. But if you want to be good at what you do, you need to check your product against the dominant browser - Chrome. And being familiar with the most popular dev tools out there, the ones that your future employer is most likely using - that wouldn’t hurt either.