diberry - 3:26 pm on May 4, 2013 (gmt 0)
Conspiracy? Maybe. But one thing is for certain, no small businesses are allowed in a group that proclaims to be the voice of the internet economy.
Yes, but this is the kind of conspiring that big businesses do all the time. There's also that "fairness" group - forget what they call themselves, but it's Wal-Mart, Best Buy and the others whining that Amazon must be forced to collect sales tax (I have no problem with this in theory, but Amazon still has lower prices in my area, so it's not going to fix their troubles). They are terrified of Amazon. And oh, hey - when's the last time a WalMart.com or BestBuy.com result showed up at the top of one of my Google searches for a tech product I wanted to buy? Why, never, of course! ;)
"Conspiracy theories" about Google targeting my little site are silly. But theories about big businesses with similar interests working against other big businesses with similar interests, and little sites getting crushed in the process... yeah, that's just business as usual.
Splugged, that's definitely pretty weird.