After the USA FTC's love letter to Google and any other interested parties
Does anyone think the great G needs:
Independent webmasters goodwill ?
Friendly posters on sites like www ?
Webwide Consensus on what quality content is ?
Acceptance of 3rd party veto over what the can or cannot do with their investments in services offered freely to the public?
Across all the webmasters forums I frequent, there has been a massive drop in experienced posters, but a cosistent infux of new accounts and I'd reckon that up to 95% of the new accounts are geninue newcommers, the rest being the usual mix of sock glove accounts, image makers, re branded posters :)
The end of this era of the web is nigh :)
We have no need of mincing words,
a)Google has a continuing need for us to use Chrome, android and Analytics
b) They continue to finance these products which they can probably never make a direct trading income from
c) They are a quoted company responsible to shareholders
d) In light of a,b,c it behoves us as 3rd parties to presume that they have a purpose for said expenditure, in line with well understood human imperatives, making a buck might well be one, and data mining , or knowledge management has been known to be profitable to different entities at different times, in different places