tedster - 2:54 am on Mar 14, 2010 (gmt 0)
I agree - and I agree with Norvig. Especially with the toolbar as a marketing tool, Google created a juggernaut that got seriously out of control.
When people first gain an introductory knowledge of Google's technology, they usually go over the top about PageRank. The interwebs have been full of such discussions for years now, and it cripples new webmasters and online marketers. It created a paid link market that distorts the web to this day. And it absorbs important resources that would be better spent improving the core content and functionality of a site - the reason the business exists in the first place, to serve its public.