cien - 2:20 pm on Jul 16, 2010 (gmt 0) [edited by: cien at 2:45 pm (utc) on Jul 16, 2010]
I think the issue here is not whether businesses should have sound business plans, or think they are entitled to better rankings, etc. That's irrelevant here. Let's not blame the victims here. The issue here is about Google's "self serving" algorithm that benefits Google directly; therefore eliminating competition (Mapquest for example). In other words, Google's properties should receive the same indexing, ranking treatment as all other web properties; therefore, playing fair. Again, Google is not Yahoo or Bing which can get away with this. Google is a monopoly, the dominant search engine owning more than 50% of the search shares. Nobody is asking to have better ranking positioning but for Google to play fair. Arguments that it's their business and they can do whatever they want are amateurish and not in touch with reality. There are anti-trust laws for a reason.
[edited by: cien at 2:45 pm (utc) on Jul 16, 2010]