Harry - 7:08 am on Sep 20, 2011 (gmt 0)
Hi. I know many here have been burnt by Google, but let's keep some perspective and not wish the worst for the company. It's just an initial hearing and Google has invested a lot the last few years on lobbying. I predict that neither the sky will fall on Google nor will the meeting be without consequences.
The goal of the committee is not to destroy Google nor exact vengeance on the company. It is to examine possible anti-trust, which would take years to prove. Meanwhile Google could still continue its expansion. The hearing will not turn off the effects of Panda.
When Google Plus was released, many haters here said it would fail - wish it would fail. I warned them that it was wishful thinking. The public is not on the side of webmasters concerning Google. For the public, Goggle is still cool. The politicians won't have public opinion on their side if they do anything to Google.
I'm writing all this, and am not a Google lover, but I feel I have to be objective and not just lash out because I've been screwed by Google recently.