Google and the "convicted monopolist"

Summary:CNBC’s preview of Google’s annual meeting for shareholders later this afternoon underscores two of Google’s vulnerabilities: 99% of its revenues come from one product, search advertising, and its one product is at risk, due to click fraud.

CNBC’s preview of Google’s annual meeting for shareholders later this afternoon underscores two of Google’s vulnerabilities: 99% of its revenues come from one product, search advertising, and its one product is at risk, due to click fraud.

Google did little to address the risks it faces at its Press Day. From a product extension point of view, yesterday’s fanfare was underwhelming and the potential click fraud liability bombshell was skirted, once again.

I second my colleague Phil Wainewright’s assertion “Google’s profits under attack” and quote Bill Gates’, convicted monopolist (as Google reminded us yesterday), and richest person in the world (still) assessment of today’s search capabilities:

We'll look back on this time and realize that search is pathetic. If I ask for something, I should get it, not a list of things to click on. It's great for where it is, but it will get so much better...

What will search be like in two years? Join the conversation: “Talk Back” below to share your thoughts.

Topics: Google

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A former ZDNet blogger, Donna Bogatin is the founder of online directional media properties VIPOffers.com and UrbanSavings.com. In addition to her own ventures, Donna has been advising companies on Web-based business development since 1997, when she created and led an "Internet For Entrepreneurs" workshop for the Small Business Administra... Full Bio

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