mantucket - 3:29 pm on Jun 6, 2010 (gmt 0)
backdraft - Thing is, for each business shut down due to radical changes like MayDay, some other business picks up that traffic. It wouldn't be a problem if we had healthy competition among search engines, and google were say 1 of 100 equally carrying the ecommerce communications of the nation.
You are correct that it probably disrupts the economy to the tune of 100M's of $s - and right now nobody is totalling or tracking the impact. Because of their dominance, google can cause such disruptions with impunity. Without any means of recourse, biz owners are still forced to prioritize spending on google, who keeps the rules secret.
I have a few friends in DC who say google is of extreme interest right now as far as potential antitrust regulation, and especially with this MayDay update. What needs to happen somehow is for impacted businesses to band together and total up the financial impact of this change. Anyone care to create a site with a big common spreadsheet? Oh I know - just use google docs :-)