Though Google dominates online search, Google says it does not dominate online search. It’s not a lie, it’s an opinion. From Chloe Albanesius in PC Magazine.
Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, appeared on Capitol Hill in September to answer questions about whether his company’s products are anti-competitive.
Let’s see; giving away Android for free to compete with Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS is not anti-competitive. It’s disruptive.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal asked Schmidt to explain why Google should not be characterized as a monopoly since it is “overwhelmingly dominant” and has only one rival. Schmidt said he disagrees that Google is dominant and said instead that the company has worked “very, very hard’ and been blessed with some good luck.
Google is wildly profitable and Microsoft’s Bing continues to lose billions of dollars. But Google isn’t dominant. Sure. Uh huh.
In arguing that Google does in fact face competition in search, Schmidt said Microsoft’s Bing has “in two short years” reached the size the Google was at in 2007.
Oh? Google was losing money in 2007? I don’t think so.
In February, Google announced a change to its search algorithm, codenamed Panda, that reduced rankings for low-quality sites. When one senator said small businesses had complained that it pushed their results down, Schmidt said “Panda does not prevent small businesses from competing with larger companies. We work hard to make sure that all companies’ websites are ranked according to their usefulness to queries, and we continually keep small businesses in mind when we test out new algorithms and evaluate possible improvements to the algorithms.”
Because of Google’s so-called Panda changes, one site lost 90-percent of Google search engine referral traffic in a few months.
Google cannot be trusted.