I find the EU’s constant meddling seems like another way the non democratic government can line its own pockets using fines. No more can they get net contributors such as the UK to cough up more money in this failed experiment, they resort to fines and sanctions and, well can’t leave anything alone.
I realised this when they had a view on the motor wattage on a vacuum cleaner and then put in legislation to stop the sale of anything too powerful (in their eyes).
After investigating (at our expense) the likes of Microsoft and fining them mega bucks for supposedly taking advantage of being a monopoly and now they are playing the same game with Google, it really makes my blood boil how they can do this. Just because a company Like Google, Apple or Microsoft have done well, it doesn’t and shouldn’t require power crazed politicians getting involved in largely consumer products we chose to buy or not buy.
Consider you are Mr Google, its your company and you have a search engine, maps software, shopping comparison site and so forth. Why the hell can’t you put your products on the top of every search result above your competitors? If, as a customer I am annoyed by your bias, I can go to another search company, hell, I can even start my own if I don’t like what’s on offer. The market decides if I am giving the customer a crappy deal, not the EU, not any government. You, MEPs go into public service and don’t like it that big corporation owners have 5 houses, helicopters, a fleet of sports cars? Tough. Don’t play the who’s got the biggest d**k with your fleeting moment of power. If you want the luxury and wealth, go out and create and stop hiding behind hard working people’s cash to fund your vindictive stance on big companies.
Seems like the season for wealth bashing. The sad fact is, Google can’t do wrong for doing right here. Their search results, based on PageRank take out the human element of “here’s a pot of money to get to the top of the organic results (SERP)”. Instead Google’s algorithms look at links to sites and other metrics to see whats the most popular, and therefore relevant pages. So, if everyone loves using Google Maps and, searching for maps brings Google’s offering up first, that’s because it is what people are looking for!! Shopping? OK that is a bit more “in your face” but, back to the 1st point, you don’t like it, go create your own search engine or use someone else’s offering.
The market decides and monopolies like Microsoft to some extent and Google specifically, haven’t become so because of lots of mergers and aquisitions (which could have been blocked anyway), but because their offering is what people wanted so it became a monopoly by the virtue of its popularity. Lesson for anyone wanting to do well in Europe and in other states also investigating Google on similar grounds – do well, but don’t be the best, or you will be shot down because of it.