I really like Google but some things about them make me wonder.
For instance, is every service they offer permanently in Beta status? Is it just for marketing hype? Granted, I know they like to adjust features and whatnot, but does that mean they have to slap that Beta tag on every logo? Is Gmail going to be always invite-only? Just last week, I got 50 more Gmail invites. FIFTY
!!! How they hell am I going to use all those?!
I love the simplicty of Google's services, and they are generally very innovative an groundbreaking, hence they receive so much buzz when they release something. But who are their site designers? I've never been a fan of the rainbow Google logo itself, it always seemed very amateurish to me, but just look at these logos from their various sites:
There is no sense of style or continuity between these. Call me anal, but each service name has a different font, color and size relative to the Google logo. They don't even all seemed lined up exactly the same. The BETA tags on all these logos are all different too!
The respective sites, while awesome feature-wise, are so boring style-wise. I'm not saying Google needs to busy up their sites with pictures, more colors, and busy text, but there are some pretty innovative things they could do with CSS if they gave it just a little attention. Again, who are the site designers?
I don't want to rant on Google too much because they are an awesome company, but some of their sites just look like they were designed by high school students!