Self-promoting Google 'Tips' disappear

blog After criticism for placing its products above organic results, Google pulls plug on "Tips."

Google appears to have listened to criticism and pulled its controversial "Tips," in which it promoted its products above organic results on the company's Web search page.

For instance, searches for "Calendar," "Blogging" and "Photo Sharing" showed links to Google products like Google Calendar, Blogger and Picasa above the regular search results. Google's self promotion was .

TechCrunch blogger Michael Arrington wrote about the "Tips" disappearing: "There's been no official announcement on this by Google, so the removal could be temporary. My guess is they are gone for a while, though, based on the overwhelmingly negative feedback from bloggers."

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