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FairSearch Blasts Google with “Searchville” Site

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The FairSearch Coalition, the organization started last year to try (unsuccessfully) and see Google’s acquisition of ITA Software blocked, has launched a new site called Searchville with videos, comic strips and other interactive content, as well as a white paper, designed to illustrate what it considers to be “Google’s anti-competitive business practices,” and how they “harm consumers and advertisers and curb innovation.”

As you’re welcomed to Searchville, FairSearch tells you:

Searchville is like a lot of towns where one company dominates.

Visit Searchville’s local businesses to learn more about the impact that Google’s anticompetitive behavior has on search, companies who advertise and ultimately consumers.

A trip to the Searchville Lemonade Stand tells the story of Google’s practice of scraping content from other websites.

Visit Club Droid to learn about Google’s exclusive deals which harm partners and block the introduction of new innovations for consumers.

The Searchville Travel Agent demonstrates the negative impact of Google’s acquisitions of competitive threats on competition and innovation.

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The Federal Trade Commission recently launched an investigation into Google’s business practices, while the Department of Justice is currently scrutinizing the company’s proposed acquisition of ad optimization firm AdMeld.

View our past coverage of FairSearch here.

FairSearch Blasts Google with “Searchville” Site


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  • http://www.seo-theory.com/ Michael Martinez

    At least some of these points are fair and honest criticisms of a process that has evolved over the past decade. Other people have raised these points, especially in certain popular SEO forums.

    But unless these guys start buying some major advertising and unleash a huge PR machine on the media, they probably have little hope of raising awareness of Google’s aggressive tactics.

  • http://www.seonorthamerica.com Tom Aikins

    Great stuff, Chris. I’ve got to check out this site. I wonder if it will lead to anything, however.

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