Saturday, 28th August 2004. That's the day that Google died for me.
These are four of the things that have ended my love affair with Google:
Louise kindly gave me a Gmail invitation and I was excited about seeing the Google take on an e-mail interface. When the screen appeared in my browser my heart sank. It was OK, but the first feeling it raised in me was confusion, there were too many buttons and too many options. I realised that I had much higher expectations for a Google provided mail interface and they had let me down.
2) My Google Pen
It doesn't work for left-handed people. I am used to having my left-handedness ignored by most companies, but I expected Google to have thought about all the little details concerning the use of their google pens. I didn't even think about the possibility that they may be selling a product with their name on it that wouldn't be designed to the highest possible standards. Google used to think about the little details.
3) The Search Results
If you search google for "hydrogen bomb diagram" a page from my blog will appear as the number one result.
Hiroshima Peace Site : The Damage Done should be the number one result for "hydrogen bomb diagram". Yes I know it was an A-Bomb and not a H-Bomb, but if Google was as great as it used to be then it would be the number one result.
4) Google is getting fat
Google used to care about their page weight with a passion.
And it's why, most of the time, the Google home page contains exactly 37 words. "We count bytes," says Google Fellow Urs Holzle, who is on leave from the University of California at Santa Barbara. "We count them because our users have modems, so it costs them to download our pages."
How much is it costing their users to download their Olympic Logos? I don't mind seeing the occasional new logo, but how soon will it be before we are getting 50 new logos a year?
Now don't get me wrong, Google is still really, really, really good, but it's just not as great as it was. What I am seeing is not the end of Google but it is the end of my love affair with Google.