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Search Neutrality?

As expected it looks like this week may be a bit light in the news department. That’s fine. Everyone needs a break from time to time. So as I am looking around this morning I come across an op-ed piece in the New York Times that is written by Adam Raff, a co-founder of Foundem, an Internet technology company.

From what I can gather, Mr. Raff is upset that his site was banned from Google’s index. There is no explanation as to why this happened so I am not going to assume anything although an article from eConsultancy looks at his plight and we get some insight as to why Google is so ‘mean’ to him. As a result, Mr. Raff contends that Google simply is too powerful and that the government should be considering a ‘search neutrality’ platform that falls in line with the ‘net neutrality’ platform. Here is a bit of his concern:

Google Local Business Center Now Google Places

In what is largely just a name change with a few new twists, Google has changed its Local Business Center to Google Places. It makes sense considering that an actual business listing in the Local Business Center was called a place page then why not clean things up a little, right?

Search Engine Land Reports

Google has decided to change the name of what was called the “Google Local Business Center” to “Google Places.” The rationale, according to the press release, is to better connect Google Place Pages with the place where local business information is claimed, entered and enhanced:

Why? Millions of people use Google every day to find places in the real world, and we want to better connect Place Pages – the way that businesses are being found today – with the tool that enables business owners to manage their presence on Google.

Google Receives New ISO Certification for Business Apps

While everyone is wringing their hands over whether or not Facebook is a real business, Google, the ‘competitor’ that is most often mocked when held up against Facebook, is doing things that only serious businesses do.

Rather than toss and turn over IPO’s and the unending questions as to whether Facebook is actually worth a plug nickel, Google has strengthened its position as a a company that can provide services for businesses across many areas not just marketing.

So why is this important to marketers? Well, when you tie your marketing efforts to any channel your hope is that the channel is strong and will be around for a while. I’m not implying that Facebook won’t be around but I will say that Google’s broader approach to business makes them something that Facebook can only dream about but likely never become in light of it’s current inability to cleanly execute its IPO etc etc.

Google Enables Showtime for Quite A Cast of Characters [Opinion]

The Google goes to Washington show has kicked up plenty of dirt, exposed the shortcomings of a huge organization and shown just how power and control can corrupt. And that’s just on the government’s side!

I have watched and listened to some of the activity from yesterday that allowed public officials to get some air time. I watched NexTag take full advantage of this free advertising to remind everyone that they still exist. I also watched Yelp’s Jeremy Stoppleman complain about the unfair treatment his poor company has received from the entity that props up Yelp through the search engine traffic it provides his neglected and abused company.

Consumer Watchdog Barks “Break Up Google!”

The online space is split up into two pretty distinct groups and the sizes of these two groups are far from equal.

On the one side are the people who use Google every day and for many reasons. Many times these people can get upset because their reliance on Google can cause a major hiccup (go see what Chris Brogan has to say today about this) For the most part, they have come to depend on Google to help run many aspects of their business and personal lives and are happier for it. I fall into that category for sure.

Google Tries to Patch Its Talent Leak

google-logo1Google is often a victim of its own success. While there is little cause to go out and throw a pity party for them, it is an interesting study to see what a Google does to manage the pains that come with getting so big so fast. The Wall Street Journal examines the continued problem of Google bleeding top talent as employees leave for start-ups, often taking with them the innovation that Google needs to expand beyond its King of Search status. It’s a good problem to have considering the times but one that is getting real attention from the C-level folks in the company (in between trips to Washington, DC, of course).

The gist of the problem is

Nextag’s CEO Says ‘Darn You Google!’ in WSJ Op-Ed Rant

It appears as if this talk of Google’s monopoly in search is not going away for whatever reason. I have made my feelings very clear on this subject in the past. To recap, I think all of the FairSearch efforts and lobbying the EU as well as the US government in an attempt to label Google a monopoly and thus try to somehow regulate it as pure junk at best and “finger nails down a chalkboard” like whining at worst.

If you decide to read the entire Op-Ed piece from yesterday’s Wall Street Journal by Nextag’s CEO, Jeffrey Katz, you can draw your own conclusions as to where his argument fits in the Google monopoly fray. For me it’s the same shrill whine that has been spewed by everyone who feels they have been ‘wronged’ by Google or has a crazy entitlement attitude in a free market system. But that’s just me. Here is a sample of what Mr. Katz feels and let’s just say it’s not where I land in all of this at all.