Some Backlash On Google Vs. IE7

    May 1, 2006

Looks like I’m not the only one to call shenanigans at Google’s hypocritical complaint against IE7’s search box, while earning millions off Firefox and Opera’s search boxes.

Philipp at Google Blogoscoped:

It’s an interesting proposal, considering Firefox itself – which Google pushes on their US front-page – comes installed with Google by default hypocrisy on Google’s part?

Nicholas Carr:

Google doesn’t give you any choices when you arrive at its home page. There’s a default engine – Google’s – and it’s a default that you can’t change. There’s no choice.

If Google wants to fully live up to its ideals – to really give primacy to the goal of user choice in search – it should open up its home page to other search engines.

Peter O’Kelly:

I think this complaint also says a lot about Google’s confidence in its customer/brand loyalty – if Google is worried about people dumping it for MSN Search because it’s not worth the extra effort to click twice in IE7 to change the default search setting, perhaps Google fears it really does have a one-click brand loyalty problem.

Don Dodge calls Google’s statements “PR double speak'”:

Hey Google, why not let the users of FireFox, Safari, or Opera choose which search service they want? Why is Google the default choice? Have you ever tried to change the Google search service in Safari? I tried and couldn’t do it. There has been a lot of talk about Google possibly creating its own browser. I wonder what the default search service would be in such a browser? Any guesses?

Yaron Galai:

WTF?! Marissa must be kidding! When I install Firefox on my computer, I get Google as the default browser search box, Google as the default home page and now Google Toolbar as the only embedded toolbar.

Erick Schonfeld:

Google’s stance smacks of hypocrisy, though, since it sees nothing wrong with bundling its own Web-based software together and tying it into its search engine.

Ken Yarmosh:

they won’t be getting any sympathy from me


This argument seems flawed for several reasons. the company is probably making a strategic mistake. Like Netflix’s suit against Blockbuster, they may legitimize MSN search, to both consumers and analysts. More importantly, a company with the market position that Google has is bound to regret any move that expands the scope of antitrust case law. Would anyone be surprised if at some point the government investigates Google’s “bundling” of search and email?

Henry Blodget:

hats off to Google for keeping a straight face while complaining about this.

Brian White at Blogging Stocks:

Well, I hate to break this to you, but IE is a Microsoft product, and they can default their search bar to anywhere they want.

Tech.memeorandum is going bonkers. And again.

I’m glad to see it. Sometimes a company puts its foot in its mouth, and this is one of the most blatant situations I’ve seen recently. Did no one at Google think of the Firefox angle before Marissa Mayer spoke to the press? Jeez, I could have seen this one a mile away. What are the odds on a Google blog post that use a form of the word “clarify” in the first two sentences, discusses technical aspects of Firefox, and conceded nothing? I’d put money down we’ll get one this week.

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