I have always thought that there are not nearly enough outlets for people to design half-assed webpages, and thank goodness, Google has heard my call. They now offer the same pseudo-GUI interface to design pages that every other crappy site like Geocities offers, or back in the day, Homestead.
Not that I’m in a position to crab about it too much: I know of these other services because I’ve used these other services, back when I didn’t know how to code even HTML. In fact, I still use Geocities to keep some of my stuff that isn’t important enough to fill my website’s space. Still, I don’t see why Google needed to get into the crap-orama webpage design act.
There is one interesting point about Google’s service, and other services they’ve offered in the past, which other companies either cannot or will not duplicate: volume. Geocities only offers about 15mb of space for free pages, whereas Google offers you a full 100Mb of space. I don’t suppose I’m going to go and use thier webdesign tools (though I did create an index, so its been written), but I will happily use thier space for my own purposes.
Not that I care too much about the stuff that I’m going to be putting in there, but there is some question as to why Google wants us to create pages on thier sites. They already advertise to you based on your email, and one can presume that they will use the information on your page to advertise to you again. Phhht! Whatever.