MrSavage - 3:57 pm on Nov 14, 2011 (gmt 0)
The irony in all this is that Google may have done things to their own ads lately, but why is it that their overall search share hasn't dipped accordingly? If ads made for a bad user experience then obviously people would have moved (in just one click) to a different search engine. The data says that didn't and hasn't happened. Kind of puts a big hole in ads making a poor user experience.
I'm getting tired of rhetoric. Google owns their search. If they hate any sites that talk about Microsoft I guess they can tank those. If they hate sites with affiliate links, I guess they can tank those. If they hate sites with lots of ads just like their own product, they can tank those. They can do as they like. It won't stop me from calling BS however. If I were at one of these conferences I think I might be considered a trouble maker.
I'm feeling more and more that the spam team, or whatever they call themselves, are nothing more than a rogue department in Google now. They really seem out of the loop on what is really going on.