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1:47 pm on Dec 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I was just searching on G and between clicks the page format changed? No more colored ads except for the top spot.
5:22 pm on Dec 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Not the first time they have tested that. There is a thread around here from a year ago saying the same. (I think it was in the adwords forum).
5:28 pm on Dec 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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We're always trying little experiments to see how users like it and if it helps them, so I wouldn't be surprised to see experiments like this. :)
5:36 pm on Dec 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>how users like it and if it helps them

Maybe a dumb question but how would not knowing an ad is an ad help somebody?

5:43 pm on Dec 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I think this has been discussed in this thread as well:

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5:48 pm on Dec 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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How about the extra AdWords real estate. On my screen they take up an additional 100 pixels. That's 100 less for the free SERPS.
12:54 am on Dec 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

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HI GG:
Just wanted to say that I like the search within the results feature. And what is the dictionary feature for?
Overall I think I like your old format better.