After yesterday’s “shock” news that Google has accused Bing of copying its search results (and Bing basically said – so what?) Brett Tabke of PubCon / WMW took up the mantle of those of us thinking “But Google’s hardly whiter than white?”
His comments were so good I thought they should be archived for posterity.
Did Bing whine when Google copied their homepage background look-n-feel?
Did Bing whine when Google copied Bings' 'mouse over preview' option?
Did Yahoo whine when Google copied the "Instant" serps action that a Yahoo intern coded in 2004?
Did Bing whine (atleast in public) about Google buying ITA to compete and control Bing's Farecast option?
Did Bing whine when Google added the copycat look of the left side serp menu?
Did Bing whine whing when Google copied their image search results form and function?
Did Bing whine when Google essentially copied Bings entire SERP look-n-feel?
But @ you guys (Bing/G) copy the ENTIRE web, Why wouldn't they copy you as a signal too!? They'd be incompetent if they didn't.
Then there is that little bit about the book - umm scanning - ya, lets calling scanning - not copying - not infringement...scanning.
And Google cynic Graywolf also tweeted:
I love how google said for years they couldnt manually promote sites ... but today we learned thats not really true
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