Now they’ve gone and done it, Google has gone Geocities on us.
Anybody can now use their slick AJAXian interface to build your own personal web page or set of web pages.
I gave the interface a test run, and it’s very easy to use and seems worthwhile if you need to put up a web page very quickly and you don’t mind hosting it at http://username.googlepages.com/.
Apparently this was one of Google’s famous “20% time” projects where employees get 20% of their time to work on fun tools or projects different from their main job.
I think the question is though, how do all these tools fit in a larger strategy? Do they plan to run Adsense on these pages at some point? Split the revenue with the user? Is it just another tool for Google to get as much data and usage as they can? Is it just another thing they’ll offer that will confuse the general web population? Or is it just another tool like Blogger that will be eventually used by spammers to create more crap? Thanks Google, I guess?