June 18, 2008 |
There's nothing more depressing than watching a bear cub take a swipe at a gigantic, planet-eating corporation, but that's exactly what we saw today.
If Ask.com was even considered a serious competitor to Google's throne, the post would have made waves. Instead, it looks more like the publicity stunt that it is, with Ask.com waving its hand in the air saying "Pick me! Pick me! We'll do what they ask. We'll even do more."
Ask.com's move didn't lure me back (I liked it better when it was AskJeeves), but it did put a frightening question into my head: if Google is so dominant that they don't even need to obey laws that apply to every other company (COPPA took effect in 2004), what else are they doing or not doing that we aren't even aware of?