Dr. Karl-Friedich Lenz, professor at Aoyaman Gakuin University in Tokyo, has been on a bit of an anti-Google tear of late. Today, citing major reservations about Google related to Autolink and Web Accelerator, Dr. Lenz posted a statement, that said in brief:
Two months ago, I had Google as the homepage of my web browser. It would have been fair to describe me as a fan of their service.This was followed by adding an anti-Google portion to his blog license:
Now I have decided to shut them out completely from my website, which I declare a “Google-free zone”…
… I have been opposed to any large-scale collection of Internet traffic data for years.
… it is absolutely unacceptable to try building the world’s largest Internet traffic data collection under the misleading excuse of speeding up web surfing. This calls for active resistance to Google, which deserves to be put completely out of business for this move.
Permission for such commercial use is expressly denied to Google. I object specifically to inclusion in their cache and access to my pages with the “Google Web Accelerator”.as well as banning Google’s crawlers in his robots.txt file. The most extreme act, however, was adding code to his server that rewrote all traffic from Google to Yahoo. That means that if you click on a link in the Google search engine that points to his site (in spite of the robots.txt, this still does occur), instead of sending you to the page linked in Google, you will be sent to Yahoo.com, effectively sabotaging Google search and infuriating anyone who uses Google to find any information about him or information he is considered an authority on. Given that his blog has a PageRank of 7, and his website has a PageRank of 6, this is no small matter.
I can verify that this does work. Just click here and click on any result. Just make sure not to click through to any page you’ve already visited; those links might still work because of caching. You can read how he did it here.
Because Google considers his site important (since other sites do), Google must keep links to him in the index with the proper PageRank, even if their crawlers cannot read it. Yet, every time Google lists these important pages, Google will simply be sending searchers to the wrong site; not just not sending them to the site they wanted, but sending them to their competitor. An action like this “breaks” Google very effectively. Google would have some serious problems if this ever became a trend.