BeeDeeDubbleU - 10:10 am on Oct 20, 2012 (gmt 0)
Destroying business? Really? Those businesses have decided that they want to make money based upon some other company's algorithm. That's not a business, model that is gambling.
When you start a business dependent upon the whims of another company, how can you blame them for your failure?
You fail to recognise that for many people there is no option. Google has a virtual monopoly in the UK. They provide greater than 90% of the traffic that I receive. They control search and I need traffic to run my home based business. Yes I am gambling with Google but I have no alternative unless you are proposing that I sign up for benefit?
Internet search is now too important and far reaching for it to be trusted to a commercial company that has been proven to ride roughshod over the laws of just about every country in the world.
I only need Google because it is there and it holds the reins of Internet search. If it disappeared this weekend my business would be more likely to prosper. I hope it does disappear, the sooner the better ... and to answer the question about what happens to all the small investors who lose money, they are the ones who have chosen to gamble, not me.