smithaa02 - 12:43 am on Oct 19, 2011 (gmt 0)
I assume then, the only way to get google keyword referral data would be through google analytics?
This is bad...very bad. So what happens when google in the future happens upon their first financial hardship? Do they charge money for this information?
This means A LOT of people will switch to GA because they have no other choice. Bigger GA net means more GA based SERP's (something other search engines won't be able to compete with) and less privacy (if most websites on the internet carry GA google will in essence be able to know what (almost) every single person did on the internet). The NSA and FBI will certainly be happy to know they're reliable partner in google will become even more reliable. A super GA (which will probably result) will also become a prime target for hackers and disgruntled employees...
What happened to google's emphasis on speed (remember that lousy product google instant)? SSL is very slow on slower dialup connections and certainly won't make the internet faster like google is pretending they want.