It’s interesting how many of Google’s expanded listings have become even more useful than the home page behind the link.

For example, take these two examples. One is the Google listing for Grub & Ellis. The second is the Grub & Ellis home page you get when you click the search result link.

The Google listing

The actual home page

I find the expanded Google listing more useful. It cuts right to what I want to know 95% of the time.

And it’s not just this example site — I’ve found the expanded Google listings more useful than just about any home page I’ve visited lately. What does that say about the state of web design?