nomis5 - 4:21 am on Jul 30, 2011 (gmt 0)
This is a similar situation to the supermarkets in the UK, just worse because at least there are four or five viable alternative supermarkets in the UK.
Tesco is dominant though and when the opportunities for more massive out of town hypermarkets started to dry up they then started building smaller Tesco metro stores which are right now causing the closure of the smaller independents. They have wrecked high street shopping centres on a massive scale.
The public have at last woken up to what is happening and in a few isolated cases are rebelling. But the majority, although seeing what is happening, simply can't resist the convenience of one-stop shopping, me included.
It's the same with Google. A name the public can "trust" and that makes them very unlikely to search further.
To quote a famous UK sit com character, "We're all doomed Mr Mainwairing, doomed!".