Reno - 6:48 pm on Jan 28, 2011 (gmt 0)
Some people really think Google owes them a living.
That misguided argument comes up just about every time anyone observes the fact that Google is, for a huge percentage of online businesses, the primary traffic generator. Google doesn't "owe" anybody anything, but people slowly become dependant on Google in the same way a person may come to depend on walk-in business because a road outside their store is improved, so more auto traffic comes to the area. Then one day without notice the road is detoured and the traffic just stops (I guess we could say that the road department did not "owe them" a living).
There's only so much we can do about Google's dominance ~ they're number 1 because the public uses them. And Google has every right to do what it wants with it's own business, within the boundaries of the law. But none of that contradicts what is often said at this venue, that one company (be it Google or MS or anyone else) having so much influence & power is alarming. The online highway is littered with dead websites that followed all the rules, got a decent ranking, then suddenly crashed and burned because of an algo tweak that pushed more junk to the top. This is not the first time it has happened, and you can bet your life it won't be the last. If you're sitting pretty now, then enjoy the view ~ others have sat there, then they took the fall ~ and it's a long way down.