Aoe2913 - 10:53 pm on Feb 29, 2012 (gmt 0)
Thank you for allowing my post.
I understand the post might have a conspiracy slant to it. But, Google, by far the market leader of search, kind of has the obligation to prove this theory wrong. I personally havenít seen a lot of effort on their end, aside from a few paragraphs about the changes behind Panda. What I have seen are consistent efforts to avoid the hard questions whether through congressional testimony or the information that they give to the public. I am kind of baffled, given the size of their market power, why they canít allow an external independent auditor to come in and confirm that these systems are not interlinked. I get the competition argument but what about corporate social responsibility.
You say that you are certain that the systems arenít interlinked (maybe not directly). But thatís like saying youíre certain that youíre going to get 10% every year from Bernie Madoff or stating that Microsoft always has had the best intentions. History has shown time and time again that corporations with monopolistic power are not out to act in anyoneís but their own best interest. The market forces are simply too great in this situation to prove otherwise.
So basically, itís not a matter of if there will be antitrust judgments, itís a matter of when. Then this begs the question, who should hold the stewardship of the global search industry? I am kind of found of Wikipediaís open search initiative.
Again, I am not saying that Google doesnít provide great search, they definitely have a technological edge. They just need a tad bit more transparency.