In my opinion Google suffers from too much Left Brain group think.
Interesting... The white-space you show isn't on my view... When I look at https://plus.google.com/u/0/101261243957067319422/posts
I see in the white-space +Leo Laporte
s Pic, a short summary of his "about" and below that I see who we have in common in our circles... as I scroll down I see a panel of white-space, but if I have a chat window open it hovers in that white-space. Overall I'd give Google a B+ or A- on the design. But then again, what do you expect from a company that only hires math-letes. Many of my design/art friends would never get through the Mckinsey Questions. Too many engineers, are like to many chefs in the kitchen... Brilliance strikes, but it's random and chaotic. Google's biggest concern is it's traveling on "success momentum" and endanger of suffering a fate like that of EarthLink circa 2006 -