• Durant Imboden

    One word: “Collusion.”

  • http://ftc.gov/ MonopolizedSearch

    It’s amazing how the FTC tries to apply antitrust laws dating back to the 1800s on Google’s abuse of a medium that was never conceived of at the time. Sure, minor tweaks to these laws has occurred over time, but the FTC’s poor position highlights the need for modernized laws that protect businesses and consumers in the digital age. I suspect this is why the FTC is joining forces with the EU. But if this strategy does not work, we will likely see the continued erosion of quality and competition in search.

  • http://www.chaddo.com/index.php/local-seo/ Chad Kimball

    I don’t like the idea of searchers finding Google’s product even if that’s not the best solution for their search query. At the same time, is it right to expect Google will respect market competition on it’s own web search results page? Is that search page Google’s property or a public space? This seems like a tricky issue.

  • daveintheuk

    It is very encouraging to hear the EU regulators have more of a spine than the FTC… however I suspect they will have a hard time getting Google to comply. Furthermore, I suspect the harder regulators come down on Google the harder they will push

  • fakebuck

    Money makes the world go round. Google will win, even if they are wrong. Thats the way that it works.

  • treepodia

    I’m interested in seeing the outcome of this.

  • daveintheuk

    Sadly you are probably right about this… the fact that Google spends hundreds of millions of dollars lobbying politicians is a pretty strong clue that not everything they do is “super cool” as His Mattness would put it.

  • Durant Imboden

    Google was slow to enter the lobbying game (it didn’t hire lobbyists until 2007), so it would be more reasonable to say that Google’s lobbying efforts fall under the heading of “better late than never,” especially with its competitors (such as those who are colluding in the so-called FairSearch Coalition) spending so much to pay off politicians and influence regulators.