From the Official Google Blog
“Being bad to your customers is bad for business”
“A recent article by the New York Times related a disturbing story. By treating your customers badly, one merchant told the paper, you can generate complaints and negative reviews that translate to more links to your site; which, in turn, make it more prominent in search engines.”
Google addressed the issue and an algorithmic solution is already live and in place.
Both Google and Bing have added many social search features over the past year. There’s also been talk about using “social signals” to help rank regular search results.
By multiple measures, Google is the internet’s most popular search engine. But Google’s not only a web search engine. Images, videos, mobile content — even Google TV is coming!
Yahoo was the original search giant, when it first launched back in the 1990s. Google has long since eclipsed it in popularity as a search engine, but Yahoo still has a significant share of search activity.
Microsoft has long offered its own search engine. However, it opened a new chapter in its fight against Google’s dominance by relaunching its search engine as Bing in June 2009.