Google Drops Links To Competitors In New Search Result Style
Mutliple reports have come out showing a new style of Google result for stock searches, which add additional financial information, but remove links to competing financial sites like yahoo Finance and MSN.
TechCrunch shares a screenshot:
That’s opposed to the old version, which looks like this:
I’m personally still seeing the old version. I’ve reached out to Google for confirmation that this is actually rolling out to everyone and not just a test.
If it is in fact rolling out, it’s a somewhat curious move, given that Google is in the middle of an antitrust investigation in Europe, which it’s reportedly about to settle. To resolve this, Google has offered concessions including more prominence of links to competitors’ sites in previous proposals, which were deemed to not go far enough. With this style of search result, it would appear Google is working in the opposite direction.
It’s also worth noting that the new style is bigger, taking up more screen real estate with Google’s own property.
Images via TechCrunch, Google