johnhh - 10:34 pm on Jan 11, 2012 (gmt 0)
So is Google a search engine or a social network ? once a company moves away from it's core business or changes it it often is a mess (New Coke is a good example, as posted above, as was Coke trying to selling water in the UK )
Judging by our newsletter sign-ups google has a very small minority of accounts here in the UK on our demographics, so a non-event as @nomis5 says above.
More likely they don't like Facebook taking the advertising dollars, and as it's unlikely they will buy Facebook, this their reaction. Unless they get those untaxed UK profits back into the USA without paying tax, under discussion with IRS I understand.