Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bad News Week/Month For Google

Today, the Wall Street Journal and others are reporting on how Google is pulling the plug on its radio advertising efforts. They failed due to their lack of ability to measure audience response, which makes perfect sense but didn't stop Google from trying.

In the past few weeks a new search engine and new search construct have gotten a lot of buzz. "Wolfram Alpha shows data in a way Google can't..." It's too early to say whether there is a Google killer (though there will be at some point) or whether this is it, but you get the picture.

Highly-regarded Tech Blog TechCrunch ran a story with the following headline yesterday: "Google News Gets An Update. Still Sucks."

Now this: "Watch Out Google, Obama’s Antitrust Chief Is Looking To Make An Example Out Of You" I think this is for real.

What's the real problem here?

  • Google's search market share is too high?

  • Google's internet ad share is too high?

  • Google has too much personal info/market info/influence?

  • Google is a large and easy target?

  • The Dems need a high profile healthy opponent?

Yes to all. It's not easy to stay out of the crosshairs when you're that big.

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