Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Sep 2013 23:12 UTC

With this release we've created a modern experience - one that is faster, cleaner and more visually appealing. We believe that search can be beautiful as well as functional and efficient. With that as our goal, we evaluated fonts, spacing, color, visual scan patterns, the search box and even the underlying code.

My problem with this and recent moves by Google: when I do a regular search, I do not want my search results to be spammed by news, picture, and video results. Bing seems to follow in Google's footsteps by adding irrelevant crap to search results for the sake of looking cool, but at the cost of usability.

I mean, check this screenshot. How much of the page is reserved for actual search results, and not pictures, info boxes, news items, and god knows what else?

Exactly: none.

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It all starts with the "start page"
by softdrat on Wed 18th Sep 2013 01:18 UTC
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You only have one chance to make a good first impression.

Google's "start page' used to be very simple - just a text entry box. Over time it has acquired all sorts of irritating behavior - text box jumping around the screen, unrequested drop-down menus suggesting useless information and distracting from one's typing ... blech!

Bing has its own irritants - unwanted panoramic images, and now popup links to news articles. More blech!

A while ago I grabbed a snapshot of Google's start page when it was simple, and I have it bookmarked as my main page for search. Very predictable and peaceful. Irritation gone.

Regarding search results - as long as I can figure out what is paid advertising and what is a genuine search result, that's OK. On rare occassion I actually want those paid adverts ...

Edited 2013-09-18 01:21 UTC

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