bobmark - 5:35 pm on Sep 30, 2002 (gmt 0)
I did not say, imply or otherwise suggest that there was anything wrong, illegal or otherwise bad about Google's business model. I have no problem with that and I am fully cognizant of the fact that - with the exception of "adwords" - they absorb the operating costs of providing us with referrals with no direct charge to us.
What I am saying is it is NOT a usual way of doing business for them to provide us no true guidance as to their listing practices or to alter rules with no notice or apparent consideration of the far reaching effects.
Let me give you an analogy so you get it.
Do you think TV Guide ever said to NBC (or Turner or you name it):
"We think your listings are too wordy and use too many attention grabbing words like "sex" so we won't carry your listings this month. This penalty will be in effect until we feel like lifting it and we won't even tell you precisely what our criteria is to carry your listings in the future."
Or how about:
"We have decided that Turner Network shows are less relevant to our readers than those from The Basketweaving Channel. Starting this month, we are placing your listings on our 64th. line and have moved The Basketweaving Channel to the second line."