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Any competition to Google's monopoly over web search has to be welcomed:

Posted in: General by Richard Hearne on January 31, 2014
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Any competition to Google's monopoly over web search has to be welcomed:

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Mark Zuckerberg Says Facebook Will Compete Directly Against Google As A Search Engine
Facebook will take on Google directly for dominance of search, Zuckerberg said, pointing out three facts about the company that have gotten little attention in the media so far.

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  1. A walled garden versus the internet. Hmm, tough choice.

    Comment by Paul Snedden — January 31, 2014 @ 11:18 am

  2. Good morning +Richard Hearne, how's things? Interesting article, thank you for sharing :)

    I was thinking about your comment. Wikipedia describes a monopoly as following: A monopoly exists when a specific enterprise is the only supplier of a particular commodity.

    In my opinion unless users are unable to switch to other search engines, there will never be a monopoly situation in the Search market. That said, the more competition, the better :)

    Comment by Kaspar Szymanski — January 31, 2014 @ 11:36 am

  3. There is no monopoly on Search. It's just that the others aren't any good.

    Comment by Paul Snedden — January 31, 2014 @ 11:37 am

  4. +Kaspar Szymanski All good here, but short time with Irish weather makes me happy to return to Phuket.  I studied economics for my Masters :)  From a regulatory perspective Google's massive 95% share of EU market would be considered a monopoly.  The EU certainly thinks that Google is engaged in monopolistic behaviour!

    Comment by Richard Hearne — January 31, 2014 @ 11:44 am

  5. Man, Phuket! I little bit jealous but mostly happy for you :)
    I'm familiar with the discussion the EU commission was leading. It is beside the point. Don't get me wrong, I'm not in favor of monopolies. But I just don't see one in search. If I as a user can move on to another search engine with one mouse click, where's the monopoly than? It's a user choice, it's always been.
    This discussion reminds me of some F1 seasons when people would blame Ferrari and Michael Schumacher for dominating it. It was never their fault, they did the job right. It always been the competition that failed to deliver. That is why I'm very happy to see more competition in both fields, F1 and the Search industry :) 

    Comment by Kaspar Szymanski — January 31, 2014 @ 11:54 am

  6. Google is so irritating. Antispam efforts are demolishing the quality of certain areas like local. They also favor big commercial sites and are causing them to turn into low quality content farms.

    Bing is the worst competitor I’ve seen for something so well funded. Their long tail search results are abysmal.

    Comment by David — February 3, 2014 @ 7:18 am

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