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Google Testing Completely Revamped Look 195

SharkLaser writes "Google's search engine has always looked pretty much the same since it was introduced in 1998. However, Google is now testing a revamped look that is the largest change the search engine has ever done to its website. The new look strips the black bar running horizontally at top and places it as an openable menu on the left side. The move is said to promote Google's other services without making the search engine too cluttered. The new side menu is also more similar to Chrome OS and allows Chromebook and Google's website to have the same look and feel. Another consequence of the move is that it now takes users two clicks to enter other services such as Images and News, which is said to improve the amount of ad clicks and visitors advertisers get. Considering that European Commission is examining claims of Google downgrading rival websites and U.S. senators are calling FTC to inspect Google for unfair practices, the move comes at a surprising time."
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Google Testing Completely Revamped Look

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  • by Haedrian ( 1676506 ) on Monday January 02, 2012 @02:29PM (#38564836)

    "Completely Revamped Look"

    Its hardly as if they turned the front page into a clone of yahoo with too much information yelling at you.

    They just moved the top to the left. I don't see why this is even news.

  • by SharkLaser ( 2495316 ) on Monday January 02, 2012 @02:33PM (#38564884) Journal
    Why do you think it's bashing? It's reporting news. Just because it's Google doesn't mean they should not be reported, just like Microsoft, Apple and other companies. Or are you saying we should give Google a pass on every time just because you love them?
  • by BLToday ( 1777712 ) on Monday January 02, 2012 @02:34PM (#38564892)

    I get the old version of Google if I'm using my desktop but the new one with my laptop. It's very annoying. Reminds me of the multiple versions of yahoo that I use to get. And worse, it's starting to feel that google.com is turning into the latest "portal" website.

    The new interface requires more mouse movement than the older and cleaner google. It now takes one drop menu and one side expansion menu to get to "finance". Plus, sometimes my search query doesn't transfer from "web" (now "search") to "images" or "finance".

  • Classic (Score:5, Insightful)

    by markdavis ( 642305 ) on Monday January 02, 2012 @02:35PM (#38564906)

    Google would do well to offer something like-

    http://classic.google.com/ [google.com]

    That turns the clock back even more. No animations, no music, no pop-up junk on the side for search results (instant previews or whatever they call it), etc.

    I think that Google might need to offer new stuff to attract the type of person that finds the likes of Bing amusing. Having choice is a good thing. However, forcing [yet more] eye candy on people is going to alienate those (like me, who are already irritated) who just want minimal, fast, simple. Something that isn't distracting, irritating, CPU loading, complex, and doesn't use mouseovers or javascript. Personally, I would even prefer a new domain for it, like cgoogle.com so it can be easily whitelisted.

  • by gl4ss ( 559668 ) on Monday January 02, 2012 @02:37PM (#38564910) Homepage Journal

    it's way better. why do you think I'd like to have links to my mail and notifications on my page? if I wanted a fucking portal I'd have stuck with altavista.

  • by artor3 ( 1344997 ) on Monday January 02, 2012 @02:37PM (#38564916)

    How is it a surprising time? A few ongoing legal procedures means that they can't make aesthetic changes to their website? Also, it does not take "two clicks" to enter Google Images - just a mouseover and a click.

    I'm pretty sure the last two sentences were just tacked on as flamebait, as they are either false or unrelated.

  • by Daniel Dvorkin ( 106857 ) on Monday January 02, 2012 @02:49PM (#38565014) Homepage Journal

    "If you compare the original Google home page to today's version, you will see that a makeover every so often can certainly be refreshing."

    This is quite possibly the single stupidest meme in the long, sad history of stupid web design memes, and it's been the death of many a once-fine site. No, a makeover on a familiar (good) interface is not "refreshing." It's irritating, especially since it pretty much always means adding clutter to something that used to be clean and functional. It is usually pushed on users with a patronizing explanation, after a "beta" period in which people loudly and repeatedly point out its flaws, and the new interface eventually becomes the default (or only) choice with none of the problems found in "beta" addressed.

    If it ain't broke, don't fix it. If there's something wrong, fine, fix that and leave the rest alone. And for God's sake, listen to the users.

  • by RobinEggs ( 1453925 ) on Monday January 02, 2012 @02:54PM (#38565044)
    Google used to receive mystery emails from this random guy, one every month, containing nothing but a single number.

    After puzzling over it a while they realized this value was the number of words on their homepage that month; it was this guy's way of reminding them that a simple interface was working well and contrasted distinctly with the likes of yahoo!.

    Fast forward to today, and the double-layer of scrolling frames on the new front page looks suspiciously like Word 2010 or Facebook. Not nearly as bad, mind you, but suddenly showing some disturbing similarity.

    I bet that guy wants to punch them in the face right now.

    Google: you make the vast majority of your money on the ads that go with your simple, powerful search engine. Don't fuck it up by filling your products with endless references to your other products and trying to control the entire internet.
  • Unity (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 02, 2012 @02:57PM (#38565068)

    Ummm.... we don't like Unity.... please do not make your website look like it.... :)

  • Re:Classic (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Mashiki ( 184564 ) <mashikiNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Monday January 02, 2012 @03:03PM (#38565118) Homepage

    Sure would be nice. But google seems to be having a "automaker" complex. "We're so big, we're so great, we're so kick ass. The peons will take what we give them and like it. Where else will they go?" For those that don't get it, GM, Ford, Chrysler, AMC and so on said the same thing back when Japan was crushing them in the 70's and 80's. AMC didn't survive. Chrysler nearly didn't.

    Yeah I really don't like the changes at all, and by going with what's been said on their groups pages? The majority there don't like it at all. But then again, those are the people who can find them.

  • by Dyinobal ( 1427207 ) on Monday January 02, 2012 @03:08PM (#38565146)
    I just find the inclusion of stuff about the law suits to be really stupid. I get that you wanted to fill out the summary since the entirety of the article could be reduced down to. Google has slightly changed the look of their site, making their non search related features more prominent.
  • by SharkLaser ( 2495316 ) on Monday January 02, 2012 @03:15PM (#38565176) Journal
    It's relevant because the lawsuits are already about Google promoting their own services over competitor ones in search results. This move might be because they needed to move the promotion off the search results and give them space in more prominent "Google's stuff" place, or they didn't care about the investigations and just went full force promoting their own services. Regardless, it is relevant.
  • by Dyinobal ( 1427207 ) on Monday January 02, 2012 @03:20PM (#38565216)
    Giving prominence to your own services on your own website is hardly controversial. Looking at your article submissions I would say you are pushing an agenda of your own. This is the internet though and it's not like you can even expect real journalists not to push their own views. Still you could be less obvious about it.
  • Re:Classic (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 02, 2012 @04:26PM (#38565748)

    Or maybe google shouldn't cater to the one nerdy idiot who doesn't even want Javascript to run on the page.

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