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August 24, 2005


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Do you ever worry that Google, the company, is actually run by a sentient evil-super computer bent on destroying humanity?

Yes, as a matter of fact I do. however, you appear to offer the solution at http://www.stanford.edu/~jjshed/blog/ though.

I've met and done business with the aforementioned Brian Lent. He's a smart guy but is unfortunately way off, as are you, on this issue.

Anyone that thinks Google has a monopoly on information access clearly needs to take some more classes. There are hundreds of search engines out there and there's absolutely nothing preventing any internet user from using them instead of Google. There are no barriers to switching whatsoever.

So, try again. You don't become a monopoly because everyone chooses you. Rather, you become a monopoly because everyone CAN'T choose anyone but you.

Lent is unfortunately bitter because his friends have made it big and his startups are floundering.

And by the way, the expression is "for all intents and purposes".

I don't know anything about Lent, so I won't comment.

Google is near monopoly status because it's captured about 80% of "mindshare" and search traffic. Do you ever hear anyone say "Hey, let's Yahoo it" or "Let's Teoma it?" No, you don't. All you hear is "Let's google it." That's mindshare capture which is the next best thing to a monopoly.

Look at the Alexa rankings for the other search engines after Y and G. They may as well not even exist.

With regards to my use of "for all intensive purposes", please read about my hobby of collecting malapropisms. http://smartstartup.typepad.com/my_weblog/2005/08/for_all_intensi.html

between google and microsoft, i'll pick the lesser evil. i just don't like microsoft in general!

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