@garyr_h - sorry, but the Palm Sunday theory holds no water. I ran my sales numbers back to 2005 and every Palm Sunday had great sales numbers.
@Web - Yeah, I tried that G+ thing too, nothing like the feeling of being coerced into a service you don't believe in. Google's approach to business has become psychotic. Every time someone comes out with a good idea, Google feels the need to copy it. Their list of products is becoming ridiculous.
See: [en.wikipedia.org ]
What's funny is the number of failed / retired Google products, like Google Checkout...that didn't last long. I'm surprised they didn't just absorb PayPal. Now, as they fail in some areas, they seem intent on just "keeping the man down" by mixing it up. Kinda like that idiot who always has to tip over your air mattress when you are comfortably floating in the lake.
Hey Google - concentrate on a good, stable search product, not a constellation of other people's products that don't quite work.
Not to repeat myself, but, if they continue to try fighting Facebook, and thus create a total cluster **** like we have today, then they will quickly lose their webmaster following and their user following.
I myself am one step away from switching over to BING.