MrSavage - 6:22 pm on Jun 13, 2012 (gmt 0)
Correct me if I'm wrong, but the government of the USA was aware that Google was free and that people could just click to a different search engine. Knowing this, they still moved ahead with the hearings. I didn't hear the government saying that everything is fine and that Google can do as they please because afterall it's free and competition is free and just a click away. Why hate someone because they are beautiful and get all the phone numbers from the guys?
It's pretty simple. If your business is safe from being encroached, then all is fine. If however that free service is able to encroach on your customer base and you're left with rubble of a business then I'm sure the tune changes. Nobody cares until they get touched. I hope everyone is looking into the future and how their future plans might be affected when they have to pay for traffic to their sites. The internet isn't the real world. Paying to get customers is part of marketing and business in the real world. The only fly in the ointment is if one of your competitors has this really big online thing that attracts free customers and they can convert them into sales that would otherwise be yours. People shrug and always have throughout history until they are touched by something. At times, as history shows, it has to get real ugly before any change happens.