Google drives the standards up for everyone
Here’s a pretty insightful argument for how even applications that aren’t trying to be best in the world — internal business applications, for example — are being compared to the interactive design of Google. Developers (and websites) who’ve sailed along might be in for a rude awakening; Internet users’ expectations are rising, and Google is driving it.
The “leading edge” interface and ideas employed by Google, Amazon, eBay, and Yahoo! are suffusing our culture to become the standard user interface of web applications. And programming the standard user interface is a basic job requirement. Learn to love it.