It is undeniable that Google has a tight group on many areas on the Internet with search being probably the most obvious one to most users followed by control over the mobile operating system Android.
While Google's services are mostly good and at times better than anything else that you find, too much power in the hands of a single company is often problematic.
That's the main reason why I have started to look at alternative services. Everton wrote about this the other day too after his blog got a Pagerank reduction from six to three.
I was one of the first adopters when Google released their search engine while all of my friends and colleagues were still using Yahoo or local search engines. I believed in Google, that it was the best and told and convinced many that they were the best. The error that I made was that I never looked back, I did not check other search engines to see if they would deliver better results or offer better search possibilities.
I believed that Google is the best and had little reason to look elsewhere because of that. If you believe something is better than anything else, there is little reason to look elsewhere.
Well, I honestly do not know if their search engine is the best still, as critics have become louder in recent time claiming it is no longer. It is a fact that spammers do concentrate on Google because most users use Google and not another search engine.
So, what I want to do is the following: I will look at other search engines from now on and use them to see how good they are. Unlike Everton however I do not use a lot of other Google Services. I have a Gmail account but that is not my primary account.
The fact is. Google relies on its dominant market position as a search engine. That's why they make billions of Dollars every quarter because everyone is using them. I don't want them to disappear, I just want that the market share is divided fairly among several search engines, not just one, and the best way to achieve that goal is to try others and let others know about them.
While I won't be able to make a dent in Google's search engine market share, I think that every bit or in this case user counts.
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