Has the Google-eBay click-to-call marriage come to an end? Already?
It may appear that way from a posting on the “Official Google Blog” (Official Google Blog) that appeared earlier today (Saturday) and quickly disappeared.
Ironically, a link to the post, entitled “Google Click-to-Call project cancelled,” continued to exist on the listing of “Recent Posts” on the blog on Saturday evening (as this item is written), though the link leads to an error page.
We managed to get a screen shot of the original post, which can be seen below.
If true, this would imply that the “multi-year agreement to connect users, merchants, and advertisers around the globe” jointly announced by Google and eBay on Aug. 28th is off.
But there are serious questions about the veracity of the post. Though in its approach to business Google has been refreshingly progressive (if one can overlook the company’s regrettable decision to abide by the censorship demands of the Chinese dictatorship), it is difficult to believe that Google would back off an agreement barely 5 weeks later because it is a “monopolistic aproach that would damage small companies in the CRM area.”