YES, but it isn't Feedburner that tilted the scale. Upon the first rumors of Google-DoubleClick, I headlined "Google (to be) a Monopoly." When the deal was officially announced, I updated my story to headline: "Google: $3.1 billion cash for Web monopoly!"
Microsoft’s “Evil Empire” financial success was derived from cunning ecosystem manipulation and brutal industry intimidation aimed solely at creating and extending Microsoft monopoly pricing power.
What really sealed Microsoft’s monopoly fate, however, was a no holds barred, take no prisoners modus operandi. Thanks to Bill Gates’ dogged persistence and shrewd maneuvering, Microsoft achieved the industry domination he sought, no matter who or what tried to cross Microsoft en route to unrivaled economic power and world glory.
Today’s technology power house, ”Do No Evil” Google, is no different, in desire or effect. In fact, Google power is even more insidious, because Google has the “consumer” on it side.
Just one day after I pitted Google's intentions against those of Microsoft, Google announced Google Gears: The world then immediately came tumbling down, overwhelmingly against Microsoft and near unamimously cheering for Google.
I (no surprise to readers of this Digital Markets Blog) had a different take on things.
Ostrow starts out appropriately noting "are there any parts of our online lives that don’t reside somewhere within the Googleplex?" So what though, it seems from the Mashable post.
Ostrow goes on to point out a few Google services he uses, and that's that. Ostrow provides neither Google outrage, nor Googley cheer; In fact, he doesn't offer any conclusion or summation whatsoever.
What are we to conclude then? Google owns our souls, and that is a good thing?
Seemingly. The first commenter to the post, Kevin Keating, cheeringly affirms:
Sounds good to me! I also tell Google where I want to go on the internet, and let them remember where I’ve been so I don’t have to. And I’m more than okay will ALL of this because what’s private to me is and will always be private. And that, my friend, is the secret love I harbor for…
Oh, I totally almost gave it away.
WELCOME, MY FRIENDS, TO THE GOOGLE WORLD, WHERE THE "FRIENDLY" MONOPOLIST RULES (in a not so friendly fashion).