Google: WSJ Readers Don’t Think We’re A MonopolyBy: Chris Crum - June 13, 2012
The Wall Street Journal recently ran an editorial from Nextag CEO Jeffrey Katz, slamming Google’s business practices, and calling Google a monopoly.
The Journal has put out a follow up in the Letters section, called: Google Isn’t a Monopoly, Given Other Customer Choices,” featuring comments from several readers. One professor points out how Google’s knol doesn’t show up in search results over Wikipedia.
Another reader writes, “Contrary to the headline, only governments can award monopolies. The free market will punish Google soon enough if need be. Crybaby competitors should be ignored.”
Another suggests that the idea of Google’s dominance being considered a monopoly is “ludicrous”.
After seeing all of this, Google’s Adam Kovacevich tweeted:
I guess not a lot of WSJ readers are buying Nextag’s arguments http://t.co/ZDLElDI4
Since the Katz article, Apple has come out with some major announcements, including dropping Google as its local search provider, which should only help Google’s argument.