incrediBILL - 2:31 am on Mar 12, 2011 (gmt 0)
I'll admit freely I'm both a Google fanboy AND a Google detractor.
Why the fan?
AdSense, Android, Google Android Apps, Webmaster Tools, all slam dunk winners IMO
Why the detractor?
Mayday, Panda, and the blatant predatory encroachment on those they index.
I'm not really concerned about those they compete against like MS whining, but when you start competing against those you index, replacing their businesses, that's over the top predatory behavior IMO.
Let me give you a brief history lesson in how MS did a similar move with apps such as DoubleSpace, Outlook and Internet Explorer. They cannibalized a growth industry and destroyed it by incorporating into their OS, much like Google is doing with certain ways they play with indexed information making it more or less their own. Likewise, MS continued this path with MS Money, Office, etc. and decimated much of their 3rd party application vendors by trying to become the single vendor for all mission critical apps.
For the very reason I was right that MS wanted to, and more or less became, the one stop shop for all apps, is why I say Google wants to index the web today to be the web tomorrow.
History is repeating itself but this time around Google is Microsoft and if Microsoft isn't careful, they're Lotus, Novell and Corel, all vulnerable once upon a time to Microsoft.