backdraft7 - 4:06 pm on Jun 6, 2010 (gmt 0)
Mant: I'm not sure many business ARE picking up. It seems most of not all are suffering because the new sorting is taking longer than BP's containment effort in the Gulf. Not to digress, bit it still baffles me on how I can still rank highly, yet sales conversions dropped like a rock over night on May 17th. It's not so much that my listings are bad, it's that the data centers seem to be doing something other than serving results.
As far as antitrust action, it's probably way over due, but who will pay? Probably all the little guys, like us in the form of another extreme shuffle session.
As far as losses. I'm a very small company and might do around 100k annually. Estimated losses so far could be approximately 4k to 5k per month based on a previous 5 year trend. If this keep up for the next 10 months, a total of 40 to 50k. Multiply that by 10M sites (only 5% out of an estimated 200M sites in 2008) for a conservative figure and you've got 500 billion dollars. (I'm just whipping these numbers out there, so don't whip me). I'm sure the government think tanks could pull a better estimate, or not...
I prefer to remain positive and hope that this is only a temporary situation, but the implications of a monopoly are interesting if not shocking.