One of the things that has been said a lot regarding Google, is the company is just like a young Microsoft. This is fairly obvious when you look at how the company does business and the directions it moves in. This is why I wasn't surprised after I read a recent weblog post discussing how Google is stifling competitors search results. Anyone who's been around a while can probably see a relation to tactics Microsoft has taken in the past. At the same time, I have to admit that part of me wants to accept this. For instance, when Google Maps first came out, if I did a search for "maps", Google's own service didn't come up. That was astounding to me. Of course, this changed over time, but I've come to expect that a companies services come first. Maybe that's just me. As a potential advertiser, tho, I definitely see a problem. Unfortunately, I don't know what the answer is. I guess the precedant will be set by those willing (or not willing) to pay for Google's ad services. In the meantime, Google is seemingly ignoring history and determined to repeat it. Perhaps they have a trick up their sleeve, but for now, their only defense seems to be the fact that they're looked at in a positive light... for the time being, that is.