No matter how big they are, regardless of their monopoly or oligopoly, search engines should be answerable to some regulation authority. If webmasters must follow web standards, if copywriters must follow copyrights, search engines should follow fair standards of practice.
SEARCH ENGINES!?! Answerable to somebody?! :rofl:
Over the past few days I have read a few posts from Cre8asite members citing the insane amount of power held by Google. Search engines, especially Google, can make or break someone's business with their decisions. And they are not answerable to anyone.
When Microsoft was fined for monopolistic competition tactics, many people cheered. Almost all industries around the world have regulatory bodies. I don't see as much organized action to curb the monopolistic influence of Google.
Although millions of businesses around the world spend hundreds of millions of dollars on search engine optimization (or more), Google doesn't offer any technical support or solution service for unfair ranking situations. Of course, everybody with poor ranking thinks it's unfair; but I mean, for example, they've introduced a lot of search results features such as the authoritative local result, or the site search within a result, that don't give the user the most relevant results, and unfairly penalize some of the highest quality websites.
There must be some type of authority that can rein these big boys in and make them follow some protocols about the consistency and fairness of their service. Of course the regulation would have to apply across the board, or else other search engines would capitalize on it, but something is really needed!
Am I :violin: or am I ?
Edited by kulpreet_singh, 14 March 2008 - 04:30 AM.