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>They are both massive bloated platforms that do lots of different disconnected things not very well. e.g. the wechat messaging app contains subprograms for games, payment, flight bookings, etc you can't turn off

In an age where bringing users together and building ecosystems seems to count for more and more this isn't necessarily a downside. We're used to the startup and "move quick" mentality but conglomerates have been making somewhat of a comeback for a while now, and Google and Amazon aren't exactly 'non bloated' either, because I'm sure for many of their services there's some small company somewhere that does it better. (case in point, DeepL's translation is actually astonishingly good).

So maybe being a big scary monolith with government support is a good strategy to be a dominating internet company in this day and age and in the years to come.




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