• http://www.organicintent.com Andrew Irvin

    “Google later began including Yelp reviews in Places (a competitive product) without permission.”
    It’s ironic that Yelp is complaining that Google is preferring their own results in SERPs when Yelp reviews were constantly coming up first through Google Places until YELP asked to be removed.

  • http://www.gravytrain.co.uk Matthew

    This becomes a tricky line for both Google and their opponents.

    If any changes are forced onto Google (either through legislation or other pressure) it’ll probably serve only to improve Google’s perception among consumers. Google could essentially use it as PR for themselves.

    There’s no doubt that for business, Google’s position can be a threat, but the problem is that for everyday consumers, Google don’t threaten them in any way. As long as Google keeps that the case, it’ll be difficult for anybody to turn public opinion against them.

  • http://ThoughtsCubed.com Greg J Powers

    The site belongs to Google. They should be able to place there own content where they want on the pages. As longs as they do not spam the results. If Google places there own content within the search results the same rules should apply for ranking the content. OR label the content a Google promotion.

    BUT the balance of the page is Google’s to do what they want.

    Any regulatory over site of the Google algorithm would destroy Google and search as a whole.

  • http://www.wickcentric.com W.P.

    Remember, being a monopoly isn’t illegal, using the power gained by it to reduce competition is.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monopoly

    Greg, Typo in next to last sentence: loose = lose.

  • http://www.wickcentric.com W.P.

    Typo in my mention of your typo. :)

    Typo in the next to last paragraph.

  • http://europeforvisitors.com Durant Imboden

    Why not solve the “monopoloy” problem by having all searches go through a government server farm, which would randomly assign each user’s search to Google, Bing, or any other company that wanted to get into the search business? Users might not get the results they wanted, but Google’s current and future rivals would be shielded from competition. (Surely that’s the intention of antitrust law?) As a bonus, the government could charge a tax (oops, a “fee”) for each search, so it would be a win-win situation: Every wannabe search engine–no matter how bad–would be protected from Google’s monopoly (well, not really a monopoly, but why quibble?), and our friends in Washington would be able to nibble away at the national debt with new “search service fees” instead of new taxes.

  • Matt McGee

    Thx WP, all fixed. Appreciate it.

  • http://gamepitstop.com kurnia lim

    If I’m Eric schmidt, I will say: Monopolis is when there’s no other Search engine except Google. Google belong to me, what website I want to show it’s my right, we never force you to use our search engine, for people that don’t like our result can feel freely move to Bing or other SE, For Webmasters, you can tell you audience to search on other SE, because we won’t show your site at first page, and don’t optimize for google, if you still do that, don’t whining when you get pandalized or sandboxed. once again, it’s our SE, our server, what we want to do with our server, it’s our right, you don’t pay us, even we pay taxes, you can use our SE or you can GTFO and STFU. simple

    Google own it, you can use it freely, no charge, you don’t pay for the server, what’s your right to tell them what they have to do. So funny, like I said, you don’t like the result,, you can freely kiss Bill Gates wth his Bing.

  • TimmyTime

    “Google own it, you can use it freely, no charge, you don’t pay for the server, what’s your right to tell them what they have to do”

    kurnia lim,
    how are things in your country? Good? I’m glad for you.

    Now, here we have different laws and what some people think does not matter.

  • http://www.homecliq.com Zakary Venturo

    Any investigation is going to realize blended search is being done by all the search engines. Bing has its version of Google Places too, and the fact remains, Yelp probably has a better chance on Google than it does on Bing.

    The difference, however, is that Google has a much bigger part of the search market share, so they are the target. Yelp, for instance, received all this traffic because of this big imprint of search market share, and the reason they put up a fuss was due to brand recognition, not because nobody was finding them through these blended search results.

    Google often talks about producing search results useful to the user because this is their customer. This is why Google Places and Google Products have come about.

    I expect interesting changes however. I think the peak inside search from the government will make an impact, but the rules to do so can’t just effect Google, it will effect Bing and Yahoo as well, because it is a look at blended search more than anything else.

    Also, Google Places has had some negative focus from other sources, like the NY Times, spotlighting issues with real companies competing with fake ones.

    Something is going to take place, but how and what is yet to be seen. But it certainly won’t be all about regulation.