tedster - 3:58 pm on Sep 16, 2011 (gmt 0)
I'm with Panthro - I like the change aesthetically.
What many here haven't noticed is that every vertical search offering (in the dark gray top toolbar) now has the same, unified look and feel on its results page. Even more, the additional search options on the left are more clearly obvious, and I'll bet they are getting more use, too.
Now that also means that Google users are being pushed away from the first set of purely organic web search, and toward the many options that Google has worked to create - and not all of those are directly ad related or even income related.
People here are more observant that Joe Average using Google.
True to a degree, but many of our members also look at the SERPs through just one lens - that of an affiliate marketer in many cases.
Our members who are not affiliate marketers often see things differently, and they have insights that are worth listening to - when their voices are not drowned out, that is.