Google: WSJ Readers Don’t Think We’re A Monopoly

    June 13, 2012
    Chris Crum

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an editorial from Nextag CEO Jeffrey Katz, slamming Google’s business practices, and calling Google a monopoly.

Google followed up the article with its own official response. We weighed in on the topic here.

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:

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.


Chris Crum
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