Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Learning Log XII: Changing Google

About a week ago I did a search on Google and was shocked. The super-popular search engine had a new interface!

(new vs. old)

Despite having two toolbars over one, I actually prefer this newer interface. It's cleaner and provides more options with the same easy usability as the old design. The learning curve should be minimal at worst, leaving no users behind.

The categorization on the left is nice, although I'm a bit confused as to why they couldn't just make the top toolbar more visible instead of duplicating its features on the left. An ideal Google would include the new features of sorting by date and correcting the search term, while condensing the top and left toolbars into one eye-catching design.

Perhaps Google just wanted to give their users more options? Who knows?

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