Powdork - 8:06 am on Jun 22, 2006 (gmt 0)
Hi Michael, Where have you been since 1999?
Although not totally relevant to the discussion I just wanted to voice my utter disbelief at statements such as this. I can't think of one thing that Google has done that is original or important enough to warrant the phrase "shakes things up". They are just a corporate giant trying to buy into every corner of already established markets. That is the only reason they are entering this one now, not because they think they can do it better, but because they think that they can make extra cash.
1. Link based algorithm - revolutionized search
2. Adwords text link cpc program - revolutionized online advertising
3. Adsense - Revolutionized publishing
And personally, I think they are entering this market now as their effort to curb the MFA's that are currently plaguing the internet.