Marissa Mayer Says Google Didn't Jump the Shark with AOL


After What Google Gave up made the rounds and was on the front page of Digg and John Battelle wondered if Google Jumped the Shark Google's Vice President of Search Products & User Experience Marissa Mayer does a little damage control

The recent announcement of the AOL partnership has been the source of a lot of rumors and misconceptions. We'd like to clear some of those up.

- Biased results? No way. Providing great search is the core of what we do. Business partnerships will never compromise the integrity or objectivity of our search results. If a partner's page ranks high, it's because they have a good answer to your search, not because of their business relationship with us.


- There will be no banner ads on the Google homepage or web search results pages. There will not be crazy, flashy, graphical doodads flying and popping up all over the Google site. Ever.

Our service and our business works because of you - our users. You're important to us and something that we think about all the time -- as we build new products, negotiate deals, and think about what our future holds.

Anybody else dizzy from all that spining?


Some of that post is just

Some of that post is just pure garbage, like this:

AOL will receive a credit towards advertising purchased through Google's ad program. You might wonder if this will affect the ad auction. It won't. We don't offer preferential treatment on advertising (in either the auction or the display) to any of our partners.

You think $300 million in free credits won't create some weird markets? How is giving free credits NOT giving preferential treatment?

Then they say AOL has always been part of onebox. Maybe I am blind, but I have never seen it before?

Ready, set ...

I'm seeing shark fins and they are getting closer. And the crowd is chanting, "Portalportalportalportal..."

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