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Old 21-09-2013, 17:00
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I may not have happened with your Google search page but it will.
Gone are the buttons along the top for easy selection of what you want and replaced by a icon 'Apps'

So, instead of one mouse click to get to an option it now takes two - one to click on 'Apps' and another for what you want.
That's progress??

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24170053

Quote from the article says it all
"It might be the case that it is not obvious to some people that they need to click on the box to reveal the firm's other services."
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Old 21-09-2013, 17:32
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Doesn't bother me TBH. I just type in the search box and hit enter. The results page still has the filters across the top. If you use the other Google services regularly, surely you can bookmark them separately if you want?
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Old 21-09-2013, 17:45
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It's not a great hassle to me either but IMHO the 'old' way was easier.
What I will really miss when it goes in less than 6 weeks time is iGoogle - and yes I know there are other ways of doing the same thing but it all seems change with no real result or benefit.
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Old 21-09-2013, 18:29
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Everything moves on. It's called progress.
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Old 21-09-2013, 18:41
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Everything moves on. It's called progress.
This assumes that every change is an improvement, and that is certainly not the case. For example, Facebook is an utter mess at the moment. They should really reverse all the changes they made in the last few months (they won't though).
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Old 21-09-2013, 18:44
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Everything moves on. It's called progress.
This assumes that every change is an improvement, and that is certainly not the case. For example, Facebook is an utter mess at the moment. They should really reverse all the changes they made in the last few months (they won't though).
Not progress, just change for change's sake. It's not wise to care for Facebook. The faster they f*ck it up, the better for future generations. I hope Facebook is consigned to nostalgia with a wry smile, like platforms and turtlenecks.
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Old 21-09-2013, 18:45
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Of Google left things as they were then they wouldn't be one of the most successful companies in the world.
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Old 21-09-2013, 19:11
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Fans of how Google looked about 5 years ago may like to use the Isle of Man version: https://www.google.im/ which rarely receives any new looks.
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Old 21-09-2013, 19:13
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they have too many services to list along the top though so there'll always be some that are two clicks away. (and in the new design I have G+, Gmail and Images all still one click away)

More importantly, little text links aren't so great with touchscreens, big icons are. I suspect that played a part.
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Old 21-09-2013, 20:24
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I may not have happened with your Google search page but it will.
Gone are the buttons along the top for easy selection of what you want and replaced by a icon 'Apps'

So, instead of one mouse click to get to an option it now takes two - one to click on 'Apps' and another for what you want.
That's progress??

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24170053

Quote from the article says it all
"It might be the case that it is not obvious to some people that they need to click on the box to reveal the firm's other services."
The Google site designers are always changing something. They must just change things to show their bosses that they're doing something. Some of the things they've changed have been quite frustrating. As far as the Google letters go, if anything, I'd like to have seen a much more of a risen effect on them. Making them look totally flat will just make the webpage look as though it's come from the year 2001. I think they're doing the wrong thing by doing this.
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Old 21-09-2013, 20:43
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when a site you know changes it's layout it always looks strange.

i remember people getting upset last time the BBC redesigned. but if you go back now and look at the old design it looks incredibly dated.
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Old 21-09-2013, 21:01
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when a site you know changes it's layout it always looks strange.

i remember people getting upset last time the BBC redesigned. but if you go back now and look at the old design it looks incredibly dated.
Keeping the risen effect on the letters (or even adding to the risen effect) will make it look more modern. Making them completely flat will just make the logo look much more basic and dated.
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Old 21-09-2013, 23:11
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Of Google left things as they were then they wouldn't be one of the most successful companies in the world.
Then you have failed to understand why google became the biggest player on the market.

Google got to where it is now because it was clean and simple. Back in the day when google was a little start up, it offered a clean and quick way to search for content, when other search engines just wanted to shovel more crap down your throat. Google was simple and clean.

Now its making changes to for the sake of changes, and this is reflected by its competitors starting to get a few more users, people looking for the same things google used to offer, clean and simple searches.
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Old 21-09-2013, 23:39
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Google got to where it is now because it was clean and simple.
Disagree, google got to where it did because it gave the most accurate,quickest search results.

Altavista was clean and simple, didn't last long once PageRank kicked in..
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Old 21-09-2013, 23:48
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I guess the OP would prefer something more like this?
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Old 22-09-2013, 20:13
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< Disagree, google got to where it did because it gave the most accurate,quickest search results. >

Yes I think that Google used to be a good search engine.

But it is not actually a search engine at all these days, it is an advertising site. So it is good for shopping, but no good for information, or something like looking around deciding where to go for a holiday, because it tells you what sellers want to flog you rather than what you want to know.
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Old 22-09-2013, 21:20
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< Disagree, google got to where it did because it gave the most accurate,quickest search results. >

Yes I think that Google used to be a good search engine.

But it is not actually a search engine at all these days, it is an advertising site. So it is good for shopping, but no good for information, or something like looking around deciding where to go for a holiday, because it tells you what sellers want to flog you rather than what you want to know.
Eh? Google is the only search engine I ever use, and what you describe sounds like a load of rubbish to me.
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Old 22-09-2013, 22:30
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Everything moves on. It's called progress.
Not always, in fact a lot of the time it is not progress.

But Google are not the only ones to change things, look at Yahoo and hotmail/outlook.

Look at windows itself.
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Old 22-09-2013, 22:33
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Eh? Google is the only search engine I ever use, and what you describe sounds like a load of rubbish to me.
But Google is a advertising site. they pick up on your searches and then chuck a load of advertising at you, they track you to almost every single website you go to, if you don't stop them.

I use duckduck go, no tracking.
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Old 22-09-2013, 22:34
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< Disagree, google got to where it did because it gave the most accurate,quickest search results. >

Yes I think that Google used to be a good search engine.

But it is not actually a search engine at all these days, it is an advertising site. So it is good for shopping, but no good for information, or something like looking around deciding where to go for a holiday, because it tells you what sellers want to flog you rather than what you want to know.
What utter nonsense. Are you one of those that only see the sponsored links or something?
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Old 22-09-2013, 23:01
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Everything moves on. It's called progress.
Not all change is progress nor is all change, change for the better. Sometimes a company implements a change then realises they may just have thrown the baby out with the bath water and so they reverse that decision. I'm not sure what Google has done on this occasion can be referred to as "progress".
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Old 22-09-2013, 23:07
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when a site you know changes it's layout it always looks strange.

i remember people getting upset last time the BBC redesigned. but if you go back now and look at the old design it looks incredibly dated.
This is true - as a result I stopped using it as my Homepage and haven't been back since. Remember this - you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Always drummed into me when I started off in my career many moons ago now.
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Old 22-09-2013, 23:45
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This revamp makes the search page consistent with the app launcher for the chrome browser and the way apps are handled in chrome OS so I can see the logic.
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Old 23-09-2013, 00:00
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I didn't like the new BBC layout but got used to it very quickly but there are others I hardly go to now because of changes they've made.
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Old 23-09-2013, 04:58
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I may not have happened with your Google search page but it will.
Gone are the buttons along the top for easy selection of what you want and replaced by a icon 'Apps'

So, instead of one mouse click to get to an option it now takes two - one to click on 'Apps' and another for what you want.
That's progress??

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24170053

Quote from the article says it all
"It might be the case that it is not obvious to some people that they need to click on the box to reveal the firm's other services."
I visit their homepage so rarely that I wouldn't have noticed the change for weeks, so they can do what they like to it, even though it's the only search engine I use. Not an issue.
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