The FairSearch.org, group posted a new video embedded below about poor Bob. LOL, that makes me think of Microsoft’s failed Bob user interface from the mid 1990s.
A review of the org’s website is revealing. Blog posts go back to Aug. 14, 2010, around the time the domain was registered, and every one is anti-Google. Meaning: Fair search is anything but Google search.
Based on the member companies, which include Expedia, HotWire and Microsoft; timing of the domain registration and rhetoric of the materials posted, the group initially formed to oppose Google’s acquisition of ITA Software. Now its focus is Google’s investigation by the Federal Trade Commission and upcoming hearing before the US Senate — on September 21. Both are opportunities to wave the Google-is-anticompetitive flag and seek to hog-tie the search giant like competitors of a different era did to Microsoft.
“Based on growing concern that Google is abusing its search monopoly to thwart competition, we believe policymakers must act now to protect competition, transparency and innovation in online search”, the group claims.
“No one company should be allowed to use its dominance to foreclose competitors from the search marketplace”, FairSearch.org claims. The organization has put together a sizable amount of material claiming consumer harm by Google search dominance.