GDV_mike - 2:29 pm on Jun 13, 2012 (gmt 0) [edited by: engine at 5:43 pm (utc) on Jun 13, 2012]
Here is an interesting article that was written by Danny Goodwin at Search engine watch:[searchenginewatch.com ]
What is even more compelling is the comment made by a reader and I think it is a good share for this conversation, it certainly is an eye opener and the readers comment really has hit the nail on the head.
The biggest problem a lot of writers (like yourself) covering the subject of your article and tech people commenting on the complaints have with this subject is a clear lack of understanding of the commerce laws in the EU and in the US and why they are so important and why Googles actions and changes to search is such a big problem for all of us and how those changes hurt each and everyone of us.
Many look at it from a point of view that Google search results has no legal regulation. Therefore, what people perceive as common sense and their personal opinions wiggle into the argument and we end up with statements like "Google does not owe you anything."
The arguments being made today are not a new ones, in fact, in the 1800s they were quite similar in regard to Interstate commerce regarding fees and favoritism charged and granted by railroad companies who by nature were very much the "Google" of their time. If you want a bit of a history lesson, here are 40 pages worth reading from the Political Science Quarterly, June, 1887: [jstor.org...]
I think the worst thing any of us can do is bury our head in the sand and accept what is going on with Google search as acceptable.
Whoever RH is who made the comment, GOOD JOB!
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[edited by: engine at 5:43 pm (utc) on Jun 13, 2012]