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[ NNSquad ] A quick experiment: Does Google Favor Itself in Organic (Natural) Search Results?

A quick experiment: Does Google Favor Itself in Organic (Natural)
Search Results?

A few quick tests, using a browser I don't normally use (Internet
Explorer), when logged out of all services.

Search for "maps": Google Maps is indeed top natural result on Google
Search. And on Bing. And on Excite. And on Yahoo. Looks like there's
agreement there, so any claim of self-favoritism in this case is
deflated with extreme prejudice.

Search for "driving directions": Top Google Search natural result:
Mapquest, followed by Yahoo Map, followed by Google Maps.

Search for "email" or "e-mail": Top Google Search natural result:
Yahoo.  (In fact, for "email" Gmail doesn't show up until the third
natural result, after both Yahoo and Hotmail.)

Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org 
 - Data Wisdom Explorers League: http://www.dwel.org
 - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org 
 - Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance: http://www.gctip.org
 - PRIVACY Forum: http://www.vortex.com 
Member: ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy
Lauren's Blog: http://lauren.vortex.com
Google+: http://vortex.com/g+lauren / Twitter: http://vortex.com/t-lauren 
Tel: +1 (818) 225-2800 / Skype: vortex.com
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