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FairSearch… google the word “suspicious” please

What does anyone know about the outfit calling itself FairSearch?

Based on growing evidence that Google is abusing its search monopoly to thwart competition, we believe policymakers must act now to protect competition, transparency and innovation in online search.

Policymakers? That is a bit like asking a collective of rapists to protect chastity, virginity and privacy. In my experience nine times out of ten when I hear people calling for a market leader to be kicked by ‘policy makers’, it is because they find it cheaper to pay lobbyists to do in the competition’s legs than actually compete with them.

Anyone have the low down on these guys?

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6 comments to FairSearch… google the word “suspicious” please

  • llamas

    I know all I need to know when I see these two statements cheek-by-jowl:

    ‘Consumers benefit when competition in the marketplace forces companies to continue to innovate and develop the best solutions for online search.’

    and

    ‘ . . . we believe policymakers must act now to protect competition, transparency and innovation in online search.’

    Or, in other words

    ‘Consumers benefit when competition in the marketplace forces companies to continue to innovate and develop the best solutions for online search. – except when they freely choose to use our competitor, Google. Therefore, policymakers must act now to protect us from their competition, transparency and innovation in online search.’

    Looks like blatant protectionism and rent-seeking to me. Just like the EU’s fatuous attacks on Microsoft, a whole bunch of European companies that can’t innovate their way out of a paper bag, whining and snivelling to the state to use its power to force their competition out.

    But I could be wrong.

    llater,

    llamas

  • Eric Tavenner

    The take from those few neutral parties who comment on it is, FairSearch.org(Link) is a bunch of rent seeking crybabies who are upset that that upstart Google(Link)(the members of FairSearch that were listed included Microsoft, Yahoo and some other search engines most of which are older than Google) whining that they are getting their butts kicked and wanting Mama Gummint to do something about it.
    See here(Link) and here(Link).
    I hope this helps.

  • Tedd

    My first thought was that any organization with the word fair in its name is suspicious from the get-go. My second thought was that they should make their own search engine if they think existing search engines don’t work the way they want. My third thought was that the second thought is blindingly obvious, and therefore these people are either fools or crooks.

    I vote “fools,” in keeping with my belief that the villainy/stupidity ratio is much less than unity.

  • PersonFromPorlock

    In politics, “fair” is a one-word oxymoron.

  • Eric Tavenner

    Tedd, FairSearch is a group of second string search engines (including Microsoft and Yahoo) whining that this upstart Google has taken the biggest market share.
    And if Microsoft complaining about unfair marketing tactics isn’t irony nothing is.
    My earlier comment on this has been smitten, or all would have been clear.

  • Ben

    On their About page, you see that they are a number of properties including Expedia, TripAdvisor and Microsoft. Yes, Microsoft, who own Bing, and whose adCenter service is I think the number two search advertising service now showing ads on both Yahoo and Bing.

    I’m not convinced google is good, but I do think they are trying to be fair, if only because their search traffic and hence ad revenue depends on their reputation.