@bradenslen yeah. I tend to agree. The story isn’t new—a free service raises money through secondary means, then eventually increases the prominence and emphasis of these secondary means compared with the original service. I think a key point in the article is the lack of competition. Bing and DuckDuckGo represent little more than a rounding error in terms of search users. I think that’s why there aren’t many solutions offered.
@coldbrain The public looks for concrete solutions, not just what government should do (break up Google) but what the public as individuals can do. (eg. use DuckDuckGo or Bing instead.) Or do a series of articles on How to Ditch Google. But one must provide alternatives and that does get hard because we have lost so much of the alternative infrastructure for navigating the web.
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