Originally Posted by hittrj01
Their search is best in business, as is their email, IMO. Google Maps is best in its business, as well. Past that, arguments can be made. I personally believe Chrome is the best browser out there, but just about everything else Google does is unbelievably average at best. YouTube is a necessary evil, but is really not too great, IMO.
Their search is the best indeed. It bring back memories when almost no one was using it and I was turning people to google, what was it then 1997 or something? To me their success wasn't so much about the data mining algorithms (although that was the biiiig technological innovation) but about the simplicity of the interface and the fact that it highlighted the specific words you were looking for. All the other search engines then were trying to do to much and be portals too. I think had yahoo or altavista had first decided to focus on a simple clean (but absolutely clean) interface they could have very easily given google a run for it's money. Oh how far we've gone since then. It took them ages however to refine it from then (what about 3 years ago was it, even less?) to enable you to search within categories like fora (dicussions), news, blogs etc.
Their email is good, but it's as good as someone who has an enormous data center. I can't see something interface wise that I am amazed at. Maps is good to.
Youtube was a purchase and it's managed to dumb down humanity more than anything else in the past few years. It got it's name first and as so many things on the net, once you get to be representative of a whole category of similar websites, it's almost impossible to lose your status, and hence all the traffic and the ad $$, I don't see it being better in any way to dailymotion or similar websites.