Google Search – Built on a Weak Foundation?

It's not been a good news week for Google. First a paper that faults the PageRank methodology shows up. Then, Google agrees to a link scheme that Microsoft called unethical. So what is going on? Are the $$$ making Google compromise on principles? Or is Google simply falling out of favor with the media?

Think about this… if a study came out that ranked a handful of other search engines better than Google, and it was highly publicized by the mainstream media, could Google lose 2/3 of their audience in less than a year, and if so, what would that do to profits?