• Alejandro

    I think what could be interesting from this is: start a discussion about “our rights” as community to have “free SERPs” results in search engines…The battle here is in having good visibility for SEO…It reminds me when Bing started that they wanted to feature all results -or majority- driven by companies they want to feature on…Seems like Google wants to start its own path here too. So there are two questions that arise: it is our “right” to have free SEO results and second, will this movement in the middle-long run give new opportunities to “free-seo” search engines?

  • http://wtff.com/ WTFFcom

    Do you mean search engines free of SEO ?
    Because no doubt that SEO will destroy any search engine sooner or later.

  • Durant Imboden

    Or maybe the question should be “Do search engines have a right to having their results promoted by other search engines,” or even “Do advertising vehicles have a right to have their ads promoted by search engines,” because that’s what the FairSearch people are demanding.

  • Paul Ryan

    Google should risk the fines. Almunia is clearly influenced by the Microsoft/Fairsearch lobbyists. It would be anti-competitive to impose this on one search engine and not all search engines. After all, they are all private companies offering a free service. Imagine trying to take a taxi (cab) and the driver saying, “why don’t you try our competitor instead?” Or being directed to another supermarket, restaurant or similar.

    Microsoft has been in a position to dominate in search and with its browser due to the dominance of its OS, but failed as another company offered (and offers) a better experience. They need to improve and learn to compete.

    Almunia is really not respecting consumer choice. No one is forced to use Google and Bing is often the first search engine people come across, but many of them *choose* Google.