Much virtual ink has been spilled about Google’s “dramatic” booting of the Froogle “tab” on its homepage in favor of a Video “tab.“
For John Battelle, the “billion dollar question” is:
Will moving Video to better real estate mean Google Video will overtake YouTube?
A question with perhaps a different price tag is:
What is the future of Google destination verticals?
In explaining the reorganization of Google’s homepage vertical tabs, Marissa Mayer, VP, Search Products & User Experience, prioritizes search at Google.com, over search at Google verticals:
Search has always been a fundamental paradigm here, so we're constantly working to integrate more services into the main search experience. So while you can go to specific search services directly through the More>> dropdown, you'll also find great results from Books, Groups, and Froogle by just searching Google.