Like a playboy losing his touch, Google
- "We should see other people," said Groupon.
- "It's not you. It's -- well -- you," said smartphone owners who turned their backs on Google's Nexus One.
- Television networks have slapped Google TV -- in the face!
Google's latest Dear Sergey letter comes from TripAdvisor. According to a Dec. 8 story by Tnooz.com's Kevin May, the popular travel reviews website is quietly blocking its user ratings from populating Google Places, a popular component of Google's mapping site.
If you're looking for an explanation for TripAdvisor shunning the potential of reaching out to Google's many visitors, it helps to examine its family tree. TripAdvisor's parent is Expedia
If Google is successful in acquiring ITA, many portals will begin sizing up the world's leading search engine as a competitor. Orbitz Worldwide
In other words, TripAdvisor is no longer interested in sleeping with the enemy.
Google Places doesn't need TripAdvisor, but it obviously helps it beef up its listings until Google cooks up a home-grown solution or acquires Yelp. The bigger concern here is that this is the beginning of the backlash against Google by the travel portals that have historically relied on Google for traffic and leads.
This is a small gesture, but it speaks volumes.
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