Whitman Again Stresses Google Is Not Competitor…But Plans Local Play….

In this AP story covering a Goldman conference in AZ, eBay chief Whitman says she sees Google and Yahoo and other search players as enablers of her business. "We think both natural search and paid search are allies of ours," she said. But, in the same speech, she noted that…

In this AP story covering a Goldman conference in AZ, eBay chief Whitman says she sees Google and Yahoo and other search players as enablers of her business. “We think both natural search and paid search are allies of ours,” she said.

But, in the same speech, she noted that eBay is planning to get back into the local auction market, something they tried in the late 90s that did not take off. The story failed to note the obvious: local search is a very hot market right now, and I doubt that has escaped Whitman. Search is not a competitor? Perhaps. But just to be sure…better shore up the local angle. (AP story via Gary, thanks!)

Author: John Battelle

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