Google has come up with a new service, called Google Page Creator, which is another way for people to create a web page, and easily publish it on the web.
It has gotten attention because it allows anyone — even non-techies — to organize text, images or other types of content on the page. So many people have gone to download it, though, that we weren’t able to get in before it shut its doors temporarily to the test version.
Google already owns Blogger, which lets people produce their own site, but that is more for regularly changing content, and is less designed to be static.
But this could also be a Google’s way of making a comeback at MySpace, which has been all the rage.
See the traffic reach of Blogger and MySpace, below (apologies if the graph doesn’t come up on our RSS version; we’ve been having issues with this). We also show the reach of Bebo, a San Francisco start-up that few here seem to be talking about. The company told us yesterday that it surpassed MySpace in December as the U.K.’s largest social networking site, with 1.5 million unique visitors. Alexa’s data is not perfect, and we won’t make any firm conclusions based on its data (indeed, if you look at Facebook’s data, you will see how unreliable Alexa is; it shows that Facebook’s traffic stopped for a few months last year, which is not possible — therefore we have not included Facebook here).
Bebo says it will soon start marketing aggressively in the U.S.
Separately, speaking of popular sites, people have been talking about YouTube‘s traffic, and showing how it now has the same number of eyeballs that MySpace had when it was bought for an outrageous amount of money by News Corp.
However, as Jason Calacanis points out, there are problems with this comparison. YouTube is relying dangerously on a model that reminds some of Napster. Om Malik says someone referred him to some copyrighted broadcasts of some cricket games on YouTube. His reaction: “eewww! It is like Napster.” There will be few buyers until this issue is cleared up.