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Perhaps one of the most controversial moves Google has made in its history is the introduction of Google+. Since its inception, Google’s social network has been the subject of a lot of talk – some good and some bad.

It has its fans, to be sure. Among them are some of the Internet’s biggest voices.

On the other hand, there are some pretty big voices that have criticized it sharply. And they make some good points.

One of the things that has people concerned about Google+ is Google’s policy of favoring Google+ results in its search engine index over its competition. Until now, there has been no real solid proof that is happening. But a new bookmarklet titled Don’t Be Evil is showing the proof in a very uncanny way. You can preview and drag and drop the Don’t Be Evil bookmarklet to your web browser by visiting the Focus On The User website.

The interesting thing about this bookmarklet is its development team. The Focus On The User website says it was built by engineers at Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, “in consultation with several other social networking companies.”

John Battelle, one of those sharply critical voices who is also an Internet journalist, writes about it on his blog.

So here’s the million dollar question: What does this new information in this social media war mean to Google’s, and the Web’s, future? Will the U.S. Department of Justice see Google’s ranking practices as a violation of antitrust laws?

It would be interesting if they did. The result would likely be, at the very least, a forced change in Google’s ranking policies that cause it to rank websites without a preference for Google+. The question is, would that be better for searchers or worse? Google already claims to be doing what is best for the user, but their competition disagrees. What do you say?

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