"...ranking #1 organically has little to no actual value when it is a couple screens down the page."
"Remember how mobilegeddon was going to be the biggest thing ever? Well I never updated our site layout here & we still outrank a company which raised & spent 10s of millions of dollars for core industry terms like [seo tools]."
"It is not an accident that Google funds an ad blocker which allows ads to stream through on Google.com while leaving ads blocked across the rest of the web.
"Or it could be like Google Reader. A free service which defunded all competing products & then was shut down because it didn't have a legitimate business model due to it being built explicitly to prevent competition. With the death of Google reader many blogs also slid into irrelevancy.
Their FeedBurner acquisition was icing on the cake." [And how long will FeedBurner be around? See FeedBurner Signs Off Twitter; Now What? Is It Going Away?]
When Google routinely acts so anti-competitive & abusive it is no surprise that some of the "standards" they propose go nowhere.
You can only get screwed so many times before you adopt a spirit of ambivalence to the avarice."