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More spam... only this time GOOG has a vested interest to ensure that advertising is carried and to 'protect' pages of this nature.
Plus with [yourgmailusername.googlepages.com...] does that come with or without sandbox?
It is a great idea, but I wonder how this is going to be policed?
Have you seen the code it produces!
The final output is XHTML 1.0 Strict with the layout done with CSS - seemingly inline CSS with a huge stylesheet embedded in the head section of each page, unless I'm missing a control which allows for an external stylesheet. The headings etc. use semantically-rich
, etc. elements. The end result is certainly a cut above many Google pages, and similar in approach to the kind of markup seem with blogger, however unless the styles can be shared across many pages the page weight is a concern, and the content is pushed a long way down the page.
For the publishing interface itself, my first reactions are not all positive. There are some bugs, which is a given due to the fact that it is (another!) beta - the "Image" button is non-functional, for example. The look is clean and simple and the controls are clear.
At a first glance (I haven't done a full evaluation), Google has learned nothing from this experience. There is still not a single clickable standard anchor link on the page. Even the Google logo and "My Account", "Help" and "Sign out" links are standard text with onclick events - "fake" links styled as anchors. No accessibility aid will be able to find these links. There is seemingly some attempt at keyboard navigation, but when you tab to, say, the Heading button, pressing Enter on the keyboard has no effect whatsoever (no onkeypress function, I assume).
The solution to Gmail was that Google were pushed into providing an alternative interface which had better accessibility. It is a huge shame that caring for users who don't or can't use a mouse or who don't have two functioning eyes doesn't appear to be particularly important part of Google's philosophy. The criticism about Google using CAPTCHA images [webmasterworld.com] is sadly the tip of the iceberg.
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Anyone who is using this service notice what kind of meta tags can be accessed through the interface? Could be an interesting indicator of the meta tags Google want used.
But as far as I can see, googlepages.com access is only allowed with a GMail login.
The page I created was accessible from anywhere, by anyone. No login was required to view the published page.
Does this seem like a move towards the Myspace.com market to anyone? Google has the blogging, groups, and easy HTML pages. If it adds a social networking component - is it essentially satisfying the same needs as myspace.com? I have never used myspace.com, so I am curious if this comparison holds any water.
What MySpace has, though, is music with hundreds of thousands of band pages with music on. I signed up and found 50 (mostly unsigned) bands whose CDs I'd reviewed were already on there. That gives it credibility in young peoples eyes (and even old people like me)
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It seems down for the moment. Same thing as with Google Analytics?
I assume Orkut would satisfy this?
Good point. Is it just a matter of integration at this point?
And to Iguana's point regarding music and credibility - Google Music could satisfy this specific need. Again - they just need to weave all the pieces together.
Thinks of all those AdSense clicks all those teenagers spending 5 hours online a day would generate!
"Thank you for your interest in Google Page Creator! Google Page Creator has experienced extremely strong demand, and, as a result, we have temporarily limited the number of new signups as we increase capacity. In the meantime, please submit your email address and we will notify you as soon as we are ready to add new accounts. Thank you for your patience."
Then we typed in a question and got google ads and then the serps.
Now we ask a question and we get google ads and sometimes google image/definition/ect results before the natural serps.
Soon when we ask a question we will get google ads, google image/definition/ect results, then google page creater pages (with more google ads). After all that, we get the natural serps.
If they keep this up the natural serps will have to be moved to page 2.
They will NEVER be able to compete with MySpace. Slapping together a bunch of services doesn't a popular site make.
On the otherhand real web designers could get a lot more work redesigning sites made with this WYSIWYG program that aren't likely to go anywhere. He he.