YMMV: Google

  • Americans Hate Tingle: Google is getting a lot of flak from European regulators over privacy concerns.
  • Awesome Moments:
  • 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.
  • Heartwarming Moments: The famous Super Bowl 2010 ad, AKA "Parisian Love".
  • 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 Eleven, 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...
  • 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.