Google Pages

I’m a little mystified by this one. Take a look here: http://pages.google.com — it’s basically a browser-based way to create web pages & web sites.

It’s a fine idea, of course, but I’m pretty sure it was called Geocities the first time around.

I do think, though, that the web has changed since Geocities came out — there are more specific types of pages & sites. Blogs. Photo sites. Movie sites. HotOrNot type things. Enough useful patterns like this have emerged that I’m unclear that generic HTML editors like Google Pages is worth it at all. Specifically the question I’m wondering about is whether the additional interface complexity that is a natural cost for including the HTML generality is worth it.

I think that the iWeb team at Apple figured this out.

Using iWeb, you can’t do some of the more generic type changes you can with Google’s new stuff. But you can share pictures like crazy. And you can run a journal like crazy. (I don’t say “blog” here because it doesn’t (yet) do things like comments & such.)

We’ll see. Maybe they’ll get it integrated with Google Base and Google Video and they’ll together turn into some sort of amazing chocolate, peanut butter & ice cream milkshake. But I’m skeptical. Especially because I like so many of the other things that Google does. The disparity is just glaring.

2 Replies to “Google Pages”

  1. I really like the googlepages. they are easy to put info and photos on and to create new pages and link. The Geocities was too difficult to bring up. On some computers it might be ok, but average persons could not get the site to read.I have difficulty with the address to the site. and for persons searching to the site.The photos take a long time to load and have to wait for the whole long group to find the photo. It would be helpful if more would be on a page or download faster. Still a great service. We appreciate the use of the Google to exchange information , share photos and know about trainings. Thank you

  2. I really like the googlepages. they are easy to put info and photos on and to create new pages and link. The Geocities was too difficult to bring up. On some computers it might be ok, but average persons could not get the site to read.

    I have difficulty with the address to the site. and for persons searching to the site.
    The photos take a long time to load and have to wait for the whole long group to find the photo. It would be helpful if more would be on a page or download faster.

    Still a great service. We appreciate the use of the Google to exchange information , share photos and know about trainings. Thank you

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