Google selling search phrases to BP!!

June 7, 2010 at 1:32 pm (Evil, Google, Open Web, Personal, Rant, Technology)

BP, the very company responsible for the oil spill that is already the worst in U.S. history, has purchased several phrases on search engines such as Google and Yahoo so that the first result that shows up directs information seekers to the company’s official website.”

I don’t know about you but is this the future that we want as consumers of the so-called “open web”, that Google is trying to take over and monopolise. The worst part is that they are doing it, and all the while still claiming not to be evil. And they are using the open source banner to achieve it. It is one thing to sell advertising and such but I think the slippery slope has been surpassed when those with the money can now create or fabricate what the world knows about them, by buying search phrases from the Googles and Yahoos of the world. This is probably been a known practice for a while but I guess it doesn’t have any reason to really be reported as such. You know the reporting of someone buying the “intertubes” in a way.

I’m sorry for being so disturbed, but think about the ramifications. You have people selling SEO advice to garner web traffic when if you have enough money you can buy the traffic.

This is more then image repair and marketing. I already wonder how much valuable information is buried on the internet beneath all the search engine behemoths. It used to be about mining the treasure of the world’s information but soon the internet will be seperated with the haves and the have nots.

The open web should not be the rich boy’s club as everything else in the world is.

What happened to the days where the web was not controlled by the search engine but the search engine was strong only because it could without bias lead you to the things that were found because of the best algorithm that dug the best for pertinent info.

I know I’m rambling a bit.


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