Maybe it’s the fact that AdBlock Plus has started cutting into my profits, maybe it’s the fact that I’m starting to like Chrome and faith that it will reach it’s full potential, or maybe it’s because I watched a 90 movie on the JFK assassination last night. Either way, I’m starting to wonder if the Google Chrome Browser wasn’t created to preemptively stop add-ons like AdBlock Plus. Why wouldn’t Google want to protect it’s paying AdWords users from a potentially dehabilitating browser add on that is growing in popularity?
As you know, as of now, there are no add ons for Chrome. Sure, there are tweaks, and lots of options to configure, but no real meat and potatoes for add ons, which are available for FireFox. Now, I strongly believe in a future version of Chrome there will be some opening up to 3rd party addons and stronger in house addons developed. However, I think they will be tightly monitored and those that couldn’t potentially hurt Google’s interests will not be allowed. The best way to nip this in the butt, to start gaining market share now, to control the flow of change progress interruption.
I hope I’m wrong, because the slippery slope means bad things for the open source community. But I just get the nagging feeling that Google is attempting to control the browser market so that they can eliminate potential 3rd party threats to their business models.