Permanent link to archive for 4/22/04. Thursday, April 22, 2004
Google flexes its muscles?

This is a fascinating email, if it is a little technical.

Google is starting to crawl for two syndication formats, but is not crawling for the third, most popular format, that's supported by most of the other tech companies and major publications.

Andrew, if this is what it appears to be, it's both tying in an anti-trust sense, and PR disaster in the making. I never in a million years thought Google would stoop this low, even Microsoft on its worst day never played this dirty.

Developers, no matter what format they prefer, are going to be outraged that Google, which is a search engine, is trying to control and define publishing. This should be illegal, although of course I am not a lawyer.

# Posted by Dave Winer on 4/22/04; 8:46:08 AM - --