• adamryp

    Wait. A group formed by Microsoft/Bing is criticising Google for running a search engine funded by ads? Isn’t that exactly what Bing is doing, too?

    And Travelocity is even worse – they don’t have free/organic listings, only monetized listings, right?

  • http://www.seoskeptic.com/ Aaron Bradley

    The consortium lost me with the domain name FairSearch.org. That this type of Orwellian newspeak has become common in naming conventions doesn’t make it less distasteful.

    Tavelocity, Microsoft and TripAdvisor couldn’t care less about what’s “fair.” Either does Google. That’s because all of the above are corporate entities whose sworn and legal duty is to maximize their profitability for their shareholders.

    There’s nothing wrong with this. And there’s nothing wrong about complaining that a commercial rival isn’t pushing customers your way (though that sort of whining is somewhat pathetic). But there is something wrong – or at the very least transparently disingenuous – in misrepresenting your motives.