Google has finally released their "Google Pages" -- basically a web-based WYSIWYG interface to page designing that will be perfectly familiar to Typepad or HTMLarea users. They opened it yesterday, and promptly closed it again; whether that was due to server overload from Digg and Slashdot or just to create buzz is unclear.
The look of the finished product isn't that great yet. http://cubrilovic.googlepages.com/ and http://bennych.googlepages.com/ and http://ignazio.googlepages.com/ and http://toprank.googlepages.com/home have some examples. And I'm not sure how I feel about having the prefix of my site be my gmail address... won't that invite spammers?
No structure yet for the data, but I would expect some mashup with Google Base to include options for structured detail, in case all these new web designers want to create pages for their sites. Several bloggers think Google will pull together a suite of tools for the average business that includes Adwords, Google Local, Froogle, and e-pay. And maybe Maps.
Say, wouldn't it be interesting if behind the scenes, the whole thing is being done in Google Base?