Google has launched Google Page Creator a free online tool that makes it easy for anyone to create and publish web pages in just a few minutes.
The service allows those without web design experience to create simple web pages that are hosted by Google at http://yourgmailusername.googlepages.com.
Maybe useful if you want to just upload your resume or an invite to a party, but hardly worth it if you’re looking for much else.
Want to update frequently? You’ll need a blog.
Want to have a chance of ranking in the search engines? You’ll need greater control and your own domain.
Want to sell products? You’ll need ecommerce.
Want to interact with your friends? Go to MySpace.com
So, what in the world is the purpose of Page Creator? Is Google trying to take us back to the Tripod days? Is this just another place Google can slap AdWords ads? Will it be full of spam within just a few weeks?
Google is quick to ban a web site from its index because the site uses techniques that violate its guidelines, yet releases a tool that allows for pages to be easily uploaded to the web and potentially clutter the user experience with, at best, worthless drivel or, worse, spam. When Google launches tools that allow the upload of content without charge, it encourages mis-use. Just look at the blog spam we endure with Google’s Blogger and Blogspot. There are 35+ million pages of content that include “blogspot” in the domain name – I’ll guarantee that half of them are either not updated, blank templates or spam. How many “yourgmailusername.googlepages.com” pages will we see flooding the web over the next few weeks?
I’ve not yet checked out the full functionality of Page Creator – the tool is currently offline (surprise, surprise) – but I wonder how many Phishers will use the opportunity to send people to scam sites hidden behind what would appear (to the average person) as a page owned by Google (remember, most web users have no clue about phishing – a site that includes “googlepages” in its domain name would look somewhat legit).
Let us know your thoughts.