Google rips off RealNames idea!

Thanks for the pointer Dave.

The new Google toolbar clearly rips off the RealNames idea. I’m flattered. Shame they didn’t give credit, after all I am one of the inventors of this patent.

Maybe I’ll go and start a search engine grin


Microsoft’s own version of the RealNames idea is overwritten by the Google toolbar. With Microsoft’s version you always went to an MSN search results page from a Keyword entered into the address bar. With Google you often go right to the page – as you should. So at least Google has done it right.

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Keith Teare

Keith Teare is a Silicon Valley based, UK born, entrepreneur. He was involved at the founding of Accelerated Digital Ventures, Archimedes.Studio, RealNames and EasyNet. He was also founding shareholder in TechCrunch. He is US Managing Partner at ADV.