wwconnect - 9:23 pm on Jul 21, 2011 (gmt 0)
Google is an 800lb gorilla and any battle with them has to be carefully chosen AND well planned/coordinated otherwise its a certain death wish. I've been having similar thoughts as mhansen on doing business with Google and I'm reminded of, don't cut your nose off to spite your face when Google is careless.
As far as writing to my representative, having the government interfere can easily give a much worse outcome for everyone and easily backfire.
My personal opinion(I should put that up front—and disclose I own no Google stock etc, etc) is that in large part the Panda update was Google's response to the webmaster/seo community complaining about content farms and poor quality.
If you think about it the ones who were whining the loudest about Mahalo, ehow and similar farms over the last 1-1.5 years and how they polluted the SERPs were in the webmaster/SEO community. Now Google took action and everyone is crying a river.
Did people expect that Google would roll out a massive update that would fix all the poor content but no one here would be affected and no collateral damage?
I'm just saying that b/c I don't want any large unpredictable potentially damaging reactions from Google or the gov in response to a campaign to the gov to investigate google.