MrSavage - 12:46 am on Jul 16, 2011 (gmt 0)
I agree with what's been said regarding this is generally how the business world works. I'm only going to say that this is where the game gets VERY interesting. If you control an algo, I'm suggesting that would be like say, controlling the value of the dollar? I get the whole this is how the world works, however, I would and will continue to argue that they pull the strings of the economy. When other arms of the company can cash in on an algo tweak, I would strongly suggest somebody will take notice. Think about it. If I own the algo and 80% of the market and you have this great ad business for online businesses, we get together, back room deal. I'll squeeze off the organic traffic, you cash in with a windfall of people needing the ads to get traffic to their site. One problem. Google owns both entities. I'm still a bit baffled that people continue to overlook how bad that really looks. It's not that bad yet, and if Bing takes more share, then it's less visible. To me, when Google relies on trust, it might be a hard sell to people like us who depend on the organic traffic.
So yes, big brands are the way of the world. I agree. I just don't agree with how these big brands, with a turn of the knob at Google suddenly see a windfall of organic traffic which at one time I enjoyed.