trueMarketing - 6:49 pm on Feb 11, 2011 (gmt 0)
I think the bigger picture in all of this is that there are literally hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of websites that are quite popular that use XML feeds. Some are huge shopping websites.
In my opinion, and if this plays out as I see it, where is the fair treatment in letting Shopping.com slide without penalties when tens of thousands of smaller, startup XML-based sites are left with nothing?
Shopping.com and the mass loads of XML product websites had to have a starting point to eventually grow into a popular destination for visitors. So, where is the justice in stomping out startup websites using the same XML feeds and data as the big sites. Seems like they all started out on roughly the same playing field in the beginning.
I would think a lot of companies and Webmasters would be highly upset at this biased stance from Google it it does indeed take effect. From what I'm hearing, seeing, and testing, this is already happening.
In the end just another Google dictatorship move to capture market share.