The Google webmaster tools team released a suite of Google gadgets available via an iGoogle tab today.
I don’t want to be too negative, because I know how nice those great, hard working, and dedicated people are.
That truly is my nice version of this.
Rather than concentrate on the negatives however, let’s look at the positives, and also offer a few ways that this release could have been handled better.
It is good that Google webmaster tools are available as Google gadgets. It is good that Google webmaster tools are using their influence not only to promote gadgets, but also the tabs of iGoogle. It is good to promote and demonstrate using Google products by Google using them themselves, I respect that alot. It is good that even though lame, this release will work.
But, please. please, please explain to me why you made these gadgets so lame? with zero design? with what is perhaps the most ugly color I have ever seen?
Why did you make 8 gadgets for what at most is information that should be presented in two gadgets? (Ever heard of tabs?)
Why didn’t you ensure the gadgets worked?
Why did you take such an extraordinary opportunity, and implement it so poorly?
I wrote another post that offers positive and functional suggestions to improve these gadgets.
My main complaint about Google webmaster central stands true today. They don’t seek input.
Hi Google. I am Pat. You have talked to me several times, I have been in your Googleplex several times. I have been identified (by you) as one of the top Google gadget developers in the world. I have a long and strong history with you. I have been so transparent with you and so lovingly supportive of you and I have spent hours and months and years helping people understand you and your products.
Why didn’t you call me?
You don’t have to bounce ideas against my head, but did you get input from anyone before launching this?