I have been thinking, so much is done through Google, what would happen if Google suddenly disappeared. Google owns YouTube, Blogger, Gmail, FeedBurner, and all the other assorted Google apps.
It’s pretty obvious that Google owns a good chunk of the internet. If, suddenly it disappeared, would Yahoo take over again? Or would it be a struggle between Yahoo and MSN? Millions of people wouldn’t have their e-mail anymore. Some might not even know how to find another search engine Where would everyone go that’s currently on YouTube? How about Blogger?
Sure, there’s other places they could go, but would they be able to keep up with the massive new influx of traffic?
I’ve been thinking to myself, is Google a monopoly of sorts? If it is, that can’t be good. A monopoly is never a “good” thing for the users, even if they are free services. Google makes massive amounts through advertisers paying them. There’s very little competition, even from Yahoo and MSN. Everyone uses Google. I’m willing to bet even people that use MSN and Yahoo go to Google occasionally.
Google is everywhere, is it the big brother of the Internet? Google has so much power over anything and everything you see on the Internet, it does become at least somewhat scary.
Here’s a cool video on the subject I found through YouTube (AKA Google)