diberry - 3:55 pm on Oct 19, 2011 (gmt 0)
I think rather than plot Google revenue against unemployment - since unemployment has tons of factors other than Google screwing over websites - we should focus on producing proof that Google's SERP changes have actually resulted in significant income loss for individual websites, resulting in closures of businesses, lay-offs and/or inability to grow the business due to lack of income.
And why? Because THAT is actually "bad for consumers", which is the main criteria in an anti-trust case - not harm done to us, but harm done to consumers. Even if Google Search had the 100% pure intentions they claim to, the fact that merely shifting their SERPs around in an attempt to please search consumers has the unintended side effect of wrecking some small businesses and raising up others, that's not really letting consumers decide with their dollars which companies they want to keep around (which is how the market is supposed to work).
Further, if Google is deliberately shoving some people down in rankings (not just us, but companies like Yelp and others who complained in the anti-trust hearing, who seem able to prove it) and boosting companies who grease their palms into first place, then small business is completely screwed, which is absolutely grade-A "anti-competitive" and "bad for consumers."
Of course, I'm coming from the perspective that we need an anti-trust case against Google and nothing else even has a chance of getting them to... well, maybe do less evil, at least?