Google: Don't like us? Go use Bing

Google is under fire for possibly manipulating search results to favor paying advertisers, but they don't seem too concerned about the criticisms; obviously they say they're not true, but Amit Singhal, Google's Senior Vice President of Engineering, suggests that people who don't like Google's can go use Bing.

The argument got started when Jeffrey Katz, the CEO of Nextag, accused Google of unfairly manipulating search results in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. He even went so far as to call Google a monopoly. Google, Katz says, "has shifted from a true search site into a commerce site."

Katz says that Nextag's traffic data, which it handed over to the Senate Judiciary Committee last year, makes it easy to tell when Google makes a change to its algorithm.

Google's Singhal responded by systematically dismantling Katz's argument over at the Google Public Policy Blog. We're not going to reproduce every paragraph here, but the gist of things is, unsurprisingly, that Google does what's best for users, and doesn't manipulate search results for any other reason.

The surprise comes when Singhal suggests that "if users don’t like our results, they can try Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, or even Google Minus Google," even providing links to each service. If that doesn't show how much Google cares about its customers, we're not sure what does.

Is Google manipulating its results? Who knows; Katz hopes that it'll be resolved soon, since Google only has until July 2nd to respond to the EU's antitrust concerns. We're curious, though; what do you make of Singhal's statements, and Katz's criticism? Let us know in the comments section below.

Source: Google Public Policy Blog | Wall Street Journal

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Since I use a Windows Phone as my daily driver, I've started using every Microsoft service available out there, including Bing. For the most part it gives me the results I need, and if there's something a bit more obscure that I need to search for, then I resort to Google.

That's a childish way to be. Good for you google. I guess you can be however you like toward people since you have millions of dollars. Well, you just lost my revenue for good...not like you care, with such arrogance like you have. So much for end user satisfaction.

obiwankenobi said,
That's a childish way to be. Good for you google. I guess you can be however you like toward people since you have millions of dollars. Well, you just lost my revenue for good...not like you care, with such arrogance like you have. So much for end user satisfaction.

Childish? They're stating a fact. It's pretty simple. They're stating the obvious. If you don't like it, move on.

Title of this article is a little misleading! It's titled as though Google, says with an attitude, go use Bing! He simply says if our service is not good enough, there are other options available, no attitude! Of course this is simply how it's worded and what I took away from reading this.

I did not need this suggestion. Switched to Bing when it came out and never looked back. My Gmail account is still open to catch any site sign-ups that I may have missed switching back to Hotmail.

lol fine Google. I will use Bing. Thanks for all your services over the years, but because of your comment i WILL use Bing. Just switched my homepagesssss swag

Bing looks so sexxxxxy

xXgreatestever said,
lol fine Google. I will use Bing. Thanks for all your services over the years, but because of your comment i WILL use Bing. Just switched my homepagesssss swag

Bing looks so sexxxxxy

if it looked so sexxy, you would have already been using it.

xXgreatestever said,
lol fine Google. I will use Bing. Thanks for all your services over the years, but because of your comment i WILL use Bing. Just switched my homepagesssss swag

Bing looks so sexxxxxy

if it looked so sexxy, you would have already been using it.

off course google is manipulating results. who else can get a link in their top bar for every failed google project ever buzz, plus, wave.

arrogance... no good, i can see google declining if they carry on like that.
arrogance always gets companies in trouble

No matter how much controversy surrounds Google at the moment, I'm still going to be using their search engine for now. I just seem to get to what I'm trying to get to, much faster than Bing.

For email I mainly use Yahoo, so yeah...

Google works fine for me - I love my Android phone and gmail never gives me problems.

If you're THAT concerned about privacy, then always remember the Golden Rule of the Internet: if there's at least one person out there that you don't want seeing [whatever it is], don't post it on the internet!

rippleman said,
no one forces you to google anything. Like most have said, if you DONT like it move on. if i was Google, i would say the exact same thing they did.

I agree. All this bashing of companies, whether or not it be Google, Microsoft or otherwise is getting really old and tiresome.

Google and their products/services work really well for me and they don't cost me a cent. If they want to throw an ad or two at me, so be it. No one is forcing me to use Google or any of their products/services but it's my choice to do so. I could very easily start using the Microsoft equivalents but to be completely honest, I really have no interest in doing so - I find a lot of Microsoft products very cluttered and hard to work with - I'm sure others think otherwise - but that's your decision/choice.

What Amit Singhal said is spot on - if you don't like Google, go elsewhere. It's really that simple. Why bother getting into some endless debate about something so trivial.

Totally agree with the above two posts.
I'm glad Google had the nuts to come out and say, listen, if you don't like us then here's the alternatives.

Far to many people moaning about what they get FOR FREE

Don't like us? Go use Bing

I do and always will, but not that Bing is the only one I use either. There is more than one way to search and Google is NOT the only way to do so on earth. Totally "don't like" Google, or anything about them.

I don't remember the last time I ever searched for anything related to or from the wall street journal </care>

Google works and works well why would I use anything else if there's genuinely no reason to ?

Ironically I have switched to Bing, but I still like Google and I love their response here. Unfortunately there are a lot of things I cannot find any longer through a search on either Bing or Google. It seems that it's very difficult to find sites that are not hosted in your country of origin. For instance, several years ago I bought some Evanescence CDs from Russia because they were very cheap and those recordings were not available in America. I found the sites I needed to find the CDs through a simple Google search, but now the same search (when trying to find if there were more CDs in the series since then) reveals nothing pertinent whatsoever. Is Google giving me what's best for me as a customer? Absolutely not, they're ****ing me off with search results that essentially boil down to bull**** marketing spam. But I get the same results in Bing so it really doesn't matter which one I use anymore. That's why, after giving Bing a try for a while, I haven't found any compelling reason to switch back, so it just stuck.

What people forget is that Google is a ****ing business, It can do what ever it sees fit to make money. People should not base their business around it. People bitch and moan because they are supposedly treated unfairly. Tough ****. People feel that Google owe them. Google owe them NOTHING at the end of the day.

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