jennamack72 Posted March 21, 2006 Report Share Posted March 21, 2006 I have been a Google fan for a long time. But, if what Kinderstart.com and others are asserting is accurate, I will be Google user no longer. As a small business owner, the internet is a valuable tool in growing and maintaining a business. Some folks, like myself, take the easy, yet costly route of getting to the top of the search engine - we pay per click. Other companies work tirelessly, investing 1000s of hours of 'sweat equity' to naturally get to the top. After being in the coveted Top 10 for months or years, suddenly an inexplicably, their site is gone, buried in the sandbox. While on other search engines, that same site is still on the front page. I believe that Google is a service and they should have to answer to these companies that are dropped from top billing to no billing. They need to be accountable. It is appalling that organizations can spend countless time and resources building and maintaining a business and that another company can take it all away without an explanation. It is my opinion, other companies that have been knocked off the Google map need to join Kinderstart.com and get the answers they rightfully deserve. And, if Google has purposefully and/or maliciously knocked a company down, then Google should have to pay. This is from the Associated Press: SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc.'s (GOOG) mysterious methods for ranking Web sites came under attack Friday in a lawsuit accusing the online search engine leader of ruining scores of Internet businesses that have been wrongfully banished from its index. The civil complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose by KinderStart.com, seeks to be certified as a class action representing the owners of all Web sites blacklisted by Google's Internet-leading search engine since January 2001. KinderStart, a Norwalk, Calif.-based Web site devoted to information about children, says it was dropped from Google's index a year ago without warning. "The world is becoming increasingly 'Googlized,'" said Gregory Yu, a lawyer for KinderStart. "For most people, that has been a good thing, but not for everyone." A Google spokesman said the company hadn't seen the suit and had no immediate comment. KinderStart alleges Google has engaged in anticompetitive behavior and misled the public by positioning its search engine as an objective source for finding Internet content. The suit seeks unspecified financial damages and a court order that would require Google to change its ways. The case aims at Google's heart — its tightly guarded formula for ranking Web sites. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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