The Rub If you feel concerned that Google has been saturating its search results with Google-related sites, you may want to try Google Minus Google.

 

The Solution Google Minus Google is both a site and a tool devised to address the growing issues about Google stepping on someone else’s business or turf. The issue surfaced and grew stronger with the introduction of Knol, a space where experts could come together and contribute information, hoping to create a Wikipedia-like store of information. Knol is different from Wikipedia because latter is edited collectively and is ad-free. Knol, however, has the contributors keep control over content and Knol contributors sign their write-ups in. They may even opt to place ads in their pages, sold by Google, too.

 

Google Minus Google is both a site and a tool devised to address the growing issues about Google stepping on someone else’s business or turf. The issue surfaced and grew stronger with the introduction of Knol, a space where experts could come together and contribute information, hoping to create a Wikipedia-like store of information. Knol is different from Wikipedia because latter is edited collectively and is ad-free. Knol, however, has the contributors keep control over content and Knol contributors sign their write-ups in. They may even opt to place ads in their pages, sold by Google, too.

 

These Knol pages have ranked high despite having been in the traffic for only three weeks, which caused the growing concern regarding Google’s deemed monopoly.

 

Integrity Questioned A lot of people pointed out that if Google-owned websites such as Knol, YouTube, and Blogger account kept popping up during a visitor’s search as the top results, the objectivity of the searches will be compromised. Worse, not only is the fairness of the search questioned, but also, the professed friendship of Google to media companies is at an even greater stake.

 

Google Minus Google A blogger in Finland, Timo Paloheimo, has thought of a brilliant idea. A tool excluding Google-owned websites could be placed to serve as an option for visitors to search Google, sans the risk of top ranking Google domains dominating the searched list. This tool is extremely helpful in filtering out websites operated by Google, thus giving other websites better chances of being found through their SEO’s.

 

Paloheimo said that on its first day, the site got a remarkable 3,000 hits attracting comments from people from as far as Argentina. Other blogs suggested improvements to it such as filtering out Wikipedia.

 

What Google Says Right now, Google has professed no copyright or trademark issues regarding the advanced search feature. In fact, it welcomes the efforts warmly, if only to deliver useful information and most importantly, for the benefits of the users.