Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Dec 2009 18:35 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
Mozilla & Gecko clones The ripples caused by Google's Eric Schmidt's words are spreading further and further throughout the internet. Asa Dotzler, Mozilla's director of community development, wrote on his blog, urging people to switch away from Google to Bing, which he claims has a better privacy policy. Dotzler points users to the Firefox Bing add-on.
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Good
by strcpy on Fri 11th Dec 2009 18:53 UTC
strcpy
Member since:
2009-05-20

I think he has a valid point, to some degree.

Basically my opinion is - very much like in operating systems - that diversity is a good thing.

It would be good for both business and users if there would be more than one "relevant" search engine. This would also help the hot topic of privacy; a single party couldn't correlate different data sets so easily.

And if Microsoft is forced to include a browser ballot, Firefox should be forced to include all relevant search engines by default.

Finally, I don't think Bing is that bad, actually.

Edited 2009-12-11 18:54 UTC

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Bing might not be better
by JoeBuck on Fri 11th Dec 2009 19:00 in reply to "Good"
JoeBuck Member since:
2006-01-11

While Google's policies raise concerns, in the US, the Patriot Act requires both Bing and Google to retain way more information about searches than necessary, and both search engines have a strong incentive to make money off of search by targeting ads, which is most effectively done by tracking and building profiles on users. They don't need to know your name, but they'll want to know what user #23451247 is interested in, what his/her kinks are, how to persuade user #23451247 to buy stuff, and they'll want to sell that information to advertisers, who can then correlate that profile with profiles from elsewhere that will allow a name to be attached.

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RE: Good
by anomie on Fri 11th Dec 2009 21:00 in reply to "Good"
anomie Member since:
2007-02-26

Basically my opinion is - very much like in operating systems - that diversity is a good thing.


Exactly. I just switched my primary search engine to Bing today. The writing is on the wall (at least for me). I'm using way too many google services.

How strange that I actually find myself hoping for Microsoft to succeed in the search space.

[ disclosure: I am a Linux / FreeBSD / OSX user. Haven't run Windows since the year 2004. ]

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