Dow Jones Chief Executive Les Hinton referred to Google as a “Digital Vampire” today (see the article in Crain’s New York).
As an online marketing company, even I am not sure how fair it is to put all the responsibility on Google for “sucking” the value from free content. Actually, I don’t think it’s an accurate characterization at all. Aren’t they are creating value by indexing and delivering traffic!
In any case, the days of Google’s image as the gentle giant are waning. Google… perhaps it’s the new Microsoft.