YMMV / Google

  • Americans Hate Tingle: Google is getting a lot of flak from European regulators over privacy concerns.
  • Awesome Moments:
    • The release of the Pac-Man Google Doodle (commemorating Pac-Man's 30th anniversary).
    • Google Street View taking pictures of the highest mountains on each continent, including Mount Everest.
    • The Google Doodle commemorating the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, like the above mentioned Pac-Man doodle, was made into a Flash game. And it was glorious.
    • The Google Doodle for Halloween 2016 was another flash game about a wizard cat having to defeat a group of ghosts.
  • Broken Base: The new logo introduced September 2015. Some love it, some like the old one better, some say it'll take some time getting used to, and some don't really care.
  • Creator's Pet: Google keeps pushing Google+, to a lukewarm at best reception from the userbase.
  • The Firefly Effect: The subject of this Washington Post article, when Google Reader joined the company's graveyard of discontinued services.
    If there's even a 25 percent chance that Google Keep will be canceled in two years, do you really want to be the sucker who spent endless hours organizing your life around it?
  • Funny Moments:
    • Going incognito (i.e. private browsing mode) in Google Chrome warns you that it won't protect you from secret agents and people standing behind you.
    • Their Doodle celebrating the life of Freddy Mercury. Probably qualifies for the Awesome and Funny lists as well.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: On April Fools' Day in 2014, Google announced that Pokémon had taken up residence in Google Maps and challenged users to go catch 'em all using their map app. Their promotional video is almost prophetic frame by frame. In 2016, catching Pokémon in the real world became a reality with Pokémon Go. Even better is that the one of the developers, Niantic Labs, started off from Google before becoming independent. It was later revealed in a Famitsu interview with Niantic Labs that they actually got the idea from that April Fool's joke. The marker used also has the same design as the Pokémon Go Plus Bluetooth peripheral.
  • Paranoia Fuel:
    • Sure, Google is a nifty way to manage your emails and your documents, but Google also has your personal information. Do you really trust them to "not be evil"?
    • Desktop search takes it Up to 11, quite possibly the only product that does what you want it to do way too well.
    • Try googling yourself, or your credit card numbers. You can rest a bit easier knowing that Google likes to personalize what you find, but even then, other people might find it...
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Google indexes 4chan threads even though, due to 4chan's thread-purging system, most threads in search results are 404 errors by the time almost anybody sees them. Just to add salt to the wound, Google never caches 4chan results. So what's even the point of indexing 4chan?
  • Sidetracked By The Golden Saucer: Google's Pac-Man "logo" (their first interactive Google Doodle, coinciding with Pac-Man's 30th anniversary) managed to cause this on the day it was released (spicing up a relatively boring webpage in the process that's typically used for web-searching), to the tune of approximately 4,819,352 hours of lost time, with a cost of $120,483,800. And said Google Doodle remains in playable form here.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • The Safe-Search filter. As of December 2012, there is no way to turn it completely off. This makes using the internet for its intended purpose much less efficient.
    • The new version of Google Mail is especially hated. The compose feature got rid of a lot of features that professional users rely on.
    • The removal of the "View image" button in February 2018. Better for image creators or copyright owners, worse for everyone else.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Google Earth as of recent updates (if you have the most recent browser), where there are beautiful renders of our planets, complete if zoomed out, you will see bright city lights seen when it is nighttime on a part of the world, or the Scenery Porn of sunlit areas. Not to mention how well done the satellite view of places close up and the improving 3D rendering of mountains, or skyscrapers in big cities.