Re: This made me wonder ....
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8 posts • joined 29 Sep 2011
So Microsoft rate their maps lower than others? Huh. That doesn't really sink my point though.
"As for your question.... All I can say is, thank feck you don't work for a regulator or monopolies commission."
You avoided giving me your opinion on why this is a big deal. If Google was listing Google Maps first with the rest of the list composed of various sites loosely (or not at all) related to maps, I could understand legal intervention being required; they're purposely obscuring results.
... but, from what I can see, they're not. They list their own first followed directly by the next major competitors. Samsung won't recommend an iPhone without first showing you the Galaxy S 2. Ford won't recommend a Toyota without first showing you the Falcon. This is business after all.
I mean, Jesus, if you don't like the first result, move your mouse pointer 60 pixels down and click the second link... or third... or whichever one you think more correctly applies to what you're looking for!
But, hey, I'm looking to be educated if someone can outline whether I'm missing the weight of this issue...
... but I struggle to really see the problem. Google's rating their products above those of other service providers when you use the Google search engine... is this any different to what almost every shop on this planet does?
If I go into a Dick Smith store and ask for a TV, I expect that the Dick Smith brand TVs will be rated higher than the others that they're selling. If I go to Ford looking for a car, they're not going to recommend the Toyota sitting in the car yard across the street before taking me through their stock.
I just did a search for "maps" on Google and got:
1) Google Maps
2) Yahoo Maps
3) MapQuest Maps
4) Bing Maps
Can someone help me understand how Google presenting their own services above others is really that big an issue? The results haven't been dropped or even obscured in any meaningful way... if they had, I could understand the need for legal intervention.
In the illustrious words of Cartman: "What's the big fucking deal bitch?"
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