Sgt_Kickaxe - 6:30 pm on Oct 21, 2011 (gmt 0)
The nature of the internet is that it's so vast a portal must be created that guides you to your destination. Enter Google who for years has been the dominant portal, people loved Google. Lately Google has been closing the portal, or severely restricting it, for a growing number of websites so the very people who seek the portal are funneled to a smaller sub-set of sites. That's not likely to change, Google is on Wall st with crazy expectations.
Here's the thing though, does Google have the legal right to restrict the portal to maintain profit? People require the portal as much to surf as they do water to drink. Surfing the net needs to remain free from such funneling for the greater good and health of the internet.
Our very websites are the tree that now grows money for Google, who makes more than all other sites without content of their own. Somewhere along the line something has gone horribly wrong.
To fix the wrong regulation needs to be implemented, maintaining a portal to the internet isn't proprietary, it's a service and the peoples rights (including webmasters) need to be weighed a little more reasonably. I'd like to see being the default search engine as a privilege, a licensed privilege, and things like Panda should not be possible without independent review and/or risking that license.
The internet is FREE, not a cash cow for Google to milk.