Google “Incidentally” Downranks Its RivalsAdded: Friday, November 27th, 2015
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The search giant has claimed that it was a bug that affected its search rankings and pushed its rivals far down the search results. Google claims it is working on the fix. A few days ago, executives from TripAdvisor and Yelp complained on Twitter that a search for locations unfairly prioritized Google’s own local search.
Yelp’s CEO, for example, demonstrated in his tweet that when a user searches for “yelp *restaurant name*” on a mobile device, Google pushed its own results to the top, despite the request clearly indicated the service the user wants to see in results. The same happens with a search for “tripadvisor *hotel name*” – the results put Google’s own maps well above any link to TripAdvisor itself.
One should understand that such changes in search rankings looked like an aggressive move on Google’s part to seize traffic. However, the company claimed that it wasn’t the case, explaining that it happened due to a recent code push, which the developers were working quickly to fix. The question is whether this was a true reason. The industry players pointed out that the change didn’t affect other companies – for example, Foursquare – operating in the same space.
The industry watchers also note that the allegations emerged at a tender moment for Google, which is still facing an investigation by the European Union over similar accusations of prioritizing its shopping search product at the expense of rivals. As part of that investigation, the European Competition Commission has hinted that it could also include local search in the future.
At the same time, Yelp has long been pushing for the authorities of the United States to take a similar stance in that country. A few months ago, the company released a dossier accusing the search giant of manipulating search results to promote its own services. At the time, Yelp argued that the easy and widely disseminated argument that Google’s search always serves users and merchants is “demonstrably false”. The company complained that in the largest category of search, Google seems to be strategically deploying universal search that degraded the product so as to slow and exclude challengers to its dominant search paradigm. So far, Google has nothing else to respond with.
Friday, November 27th, 2015
|posted by (2015-11-27 13:02:57)|
|aowsome job sam....but i think google have monopoly in ...many things....agree with me|
|This is normal program in search. Its been working like that for years at least since I started online in 2010.Now they say something I was used to this thats why my search results always is set to 50-100 then I just ignore the first 10-20 and learn the real answer||
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