Originally posted by webh0sting Will it? What if some new company invents a new searching engine and beat GOOG?
Does anybody think this is possible soon?
Will Bill Gates beat it as he did to Netscape?
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I'm guessing here, but are you over thirty-years-old? The reason I ask is that people who have grown up using the computer 'generally' perceive it as fluid and changes abound. There isn't the brand loyalty that most older people maintain.
When talking with baby-boomers (of which I am one) they still think in terms of corporate domination like General Motors or Ford had before foreign cars gained a foot-hold in the US. What they overlook is that BI (before interent) a company dictated to the market and AI (after internet) the market will dictate to the companies.
This might be slightly OT, but it illustrates the point. A few days ago I helped a friend by a new car. It was interesting to experience those dealers that are Internet savvy and those that trying to impose the traditional way of doing business onto the internet. The biggest difference is that we went in knowing exactly what she was willing to pay for the auto. BTW she purchased a 29K+ 2005 Accura TSX below dealer invoice (according to Consumer Reports). No haggling. Just, "This is the price we know we can purchase the car for. Do you want to sell it?"
Of course things will change because people change as their needs change. Brand loyalty applies to a degree, but when it comes to the Internet people won't keep using the same service if a better and easier to use one comes along.