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A few months ago we launched Google Sites exclusively as part of Google Apps for companies and organizations that wanted to use the service on their own domains. Now we've made it easy for anyone to set up a website to share all types of information -- team projects, company intranets, community groups, classrooms, clubs, family updates, you name it -- in one place, for a few people, a group or the world. You can securely host your own website at [sites.google.com...] and add as many pages as you like for free.
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Google App Engine and Google Apps, hopefully they will integrate App Engine into Apps once it is ready. I have a few sites which I would like to try building with the complete Google package, but at the moment it is still a bit fragmented.
Personaly I feel Google needs to rethink the Apps Premium strategy, stop reducing its benefits by giving more and more of it's functionality away for free. I believe that it was reported somewhere they sold in the range of 250,000 Premium accounts? at $50 each that's not too bad! Is that not enough to making it a priority to make it more funtional? more integrated with additional Gmail services?
(OCF, by the way was the open computing facility @berkeley which gave accounts to anyone affiliated with teh university).
Most of those sites didn't care about link love either, but if you weren't at a university, you were out of luck. A friend who was on a URL like that for ten years was getting over a million page views per month.
I think it's great. My only reservation is that it makes me uneasy that my hosting, analytics, ad revenue, ad publisher, search engine, email provider, etc etc etc would all be one company who has no real contract with me, charges nothing and can terminate any of the above ervices at any time for any reason without any real explanation.
Not saying it isn't their right, just that it would make me nervous.
Google displays my full email address at the bottom of the page to all and sundry! If that isn't a SPAM invitation...
It also makes a full history of all changes to the pages public.
2 minutes ago John attached 123.jpg to articlename
3 minutes ago John deleted abc.jpg from articlename
4 minutes ago John attached abc.jpg to articlename
Now, since Google is only allowing 6 names per day per account, how many people do you think are out there creating new Google accounts, creating 6 names, creating another Google account, creating 6 names, etc. etc.
[edited by: Propools at 9:54 pm (utc) on May 22, 2008]
By submitting, posting or displaying the Content you give Google a worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through the Service...
could it be otherwise?
As for these sites ranking well in Google - no evidence, but I can't see it doing any harm. Certainly the quality score should have no problem with server response speeds and the like I would have thought?