I am in love with Google

July 16, 2008


It’s been almost two weeks since my last post and I think I’m due for another. I’ve actually had a couple things I wanted to write about but no time really to write about them. This one website has probably been sitting in my tab bar for about two weeks because I’m afraid that if I close it, I’ll lose it forever. Which, really, wouldn’t be that big of a deal.

I love Google. You have your Mac fanboys, your Windows fanboys, and your weird Linux cultist, but I love my Google. I started using Gmail back when it was still invite only. I have had my account since June 2004 which is over four years, 637 mbs of space, and over 13,975 emails. I love it.

But what really attracts me about the vast amounts of Google applications is the simplicity of it all and also the attention that Google gives to the work that they do. For example, they recently changed their homepage to allow quicker access to their Privacy page. They didn’t just stick the link on the homepage though, they considered the amount of words actually on the homepage. It’s a minor thing, but that attention to small detail is what’s great about Google.

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“This mystery and its revelation was really interesting because I thought about the homepage, and how to keep it simple, all the time. Yet I hadn’t thought to look at it through this very simple lens: just count the words. The fewer, the better. Ever since that night, this has been our discipline, and everyone who works on the homepage and its design knows the current number: 28.”

[via Official Google Blog]

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