>>>If they figured out that they need a year or two to see if Panda works or how it works and 250,000 businesses go down as Google experiments, I don't think that they care.
I'm not sure it isn't their intent.
The truth about the internet is that it really HAS become overcrowded. Part of the reason Google is having trouble returning decent search results is that there are so MANY sites now it's just a huge mess.
They are culling it. Ideally they should do that by pulling weeds, removing the sites which aren't of any use, but there is so much clutter at this point they aren't really capable of telling the good from the bad effectively anymore, so they're settling for an overall reduction by basically taking 10% of the internet and shutting it down, putting it out of business.
Imagine if they do this once a year, just put 10% of the internet out of business, things will eventually get more manageable for them.
And no one of consequence will complain because they've made sure they whitelist big companies and big brands which might have the power to do something about it.
Idunno, that just makes sense to me. It's what I'd do in their place.
What they haven't accounted for is the fact that people can increasingly survive without Google now. 5 years ago if my Google traffic had dropped 50% overnight I wouldn't have been able to survive. But now I can get so much from Facebook and other sources that, while it'll never make up for Google I can at least survive. So will a lot of the other sites they have tried to shut down.