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Interesting interface variation for Google SERPs

   
11:57 pm on Mar 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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For Google.com users paste this into your address bar while on Google search and hit enter followed by a refresh.
javascript:alert(document.cookie="PREF=ID=fb7740f107311e46:TM=1142683332:*
LM=1142683332:S=fNSw6ljXTzvL3dWu;path=/;domain=.google.com")

For Google.co.uk users paste this into your address bar while on Google search and hit enter followed by a refresh.
javascript:alert(document.cookie="PREF=ID=fb7740f107311e46:TM=1142683332:*
LM=1142683332:S=fNSw6ljXTzvL3dWu;path=/;domain=.google.co.uk")

* line break added here to prevent side scrolling - remove before using code

Not sure I like it.

[edited by: tedster at 10:50 pm (utc) on Mar. 26, 2006]

5:15 am on Mar 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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didnt do anything
6:05 am on Mar 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Delete the Google cookie called PREF and then try it.
10:47 am on Mar 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I quite like it. You get more results fitted in to the page.
4:08 pm on Mar 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hummmm - very interesting...

Much more emphasis on those ads at the top. Perhaps it's just the change that highlights them?!

5:15 pm on Mar 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hmmm.

Page 1: 1 - 10 (divided into 3 + 3 + 4)

Page 2: 8 - 17

Page 3: 21 - 30

Missing results 18 - 20; no way to get to them...

5:24 pm on Mar 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I don't mind the new look. Its still nice and clean. Not sure I like the bar on the left which has:

>Web
Images
Groups
News
Froogle
Local
more >>

Its not the bar that bothers me so much as the relevancy factor.

I am assuming/hoping the relevancy factor will be kicked up several notches. I went to the "Groups" and all the links just to see what was there for our country name and the results returned were surprising to say the least.

1 result was written by a KKK member! For a country that is 90% black ... that doesn't bode well!
4 out of ten refer to a 6 year old murder case involving 4 American male suspects and and American female victim.
1 refers to nothing which makes sense and the posts are dated 2001
1 refers to travel related question from the year 2000
1 refers to the German World Cup CONCACAF WCQ Fixtures and Results posted in 2004
1 refers to marinas from August 2000

Ummm ... I'm pretty sure more has happened since 1999 to 2001 even though it is a pretty small and quiet country!

The news link is somewhat better the Groups but could be improved as well.

Call me silly, but I think Google can do better on the relevancy side of things than that! :)

8:00 pm on Mar 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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this is pretty cool. do you reckon they're going to apply it for everyone in the near future?
8:30 pm on Mar 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Please reconfirm how to see this new interface?
8:50 pm on Mar 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Do a search.

Put the URL above in your browser URL bar.

Hit Enter.

Hit Reload.

That's it.

Now search....

12:56 am on Mar 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I don't like it. It takes the surfers eyes away from adwords and the serps.

It blows my mind that Google would even consider putting this public when it goes against all their hotpage eye-tracking research.

When will people in mid-management stop making changes for changes sake?

4:34 pm on Mar 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Huzzah. I like it! (Since we're all weighing in with near-valueless personal opinions...)

It seems to me like the ads and search content are more clearly differentiated, and I like the increased utility of the alternate search options on the left.

4:37 pm on Mar 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Google news is certainly a bit of a departure..

nice find!

added:
Oops - I was looking at it with search terms - which I don't normally do..looks the same as the old one

[edited by: bsterz at 4:38 pm (utc) on Mar. 28, 2006]

4:37 pm on Mar 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The links on the left look a little out of place, but I'm sure I'll get accustomed to it over time.
4:40 pm on Mar 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Not bad..

I wonder if this will lower my CPA costs! :)

4:50 pm on Mar 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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This will lower the CTR. It's a distraction from the serps and paid results.

It's also a poor use of space on the left side of your screen. The old header has plenty of white space - why not put it in the header instead of shifting your organic results to the middle of your screen and creating more unused white space.

5:13 pm on Mar 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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What the heck to the PR bars next to the other search area mean? An average user, who does not even know what a PR bar is, will be even more confused?

The left nav thing makes sense (at least from G's perspective). Google is trying to dominate everywhere. The left nav will force users to recognize that G offers other services and types of search.

5:21 pm on Mar 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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this guy had interesting theory about it:
First, the position is privileged for the reasons outlined above. Furthermore, by displaying a visual representation of your query's success in these categories, Google is enticing users to explore. In short, the move is meant to draw more attention to Google's niche search areas.

Two other side-effects can be noted. First, the relocation allows for the actual search results to start higher up on the page. This is good because it means that users can expect to see more per "window." It's also "good" because this means that Google's text ads can start higher on the page as well. Second, by displaying the categories in a column, Google has plenty of vertical space to play with when it comes to adding additional categories. Its previous placement was limited by horizontal space, and was pushing the page down. With this layout, Google has room to grow.

article [arstechnica.com]

I agree that it calls more attention to G's more niche searches...and if it really give them more room to grow then perhaps we will start seeing more of the Combined Search results [webmasterworld.com] that are the default in Korea search engines.

It also kinda reminds of the Vivisimo results clustering (though that is keyword specific)...its kinda a step in that direction. hmmm....

5:44 pm on Mar 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Is this a preview of what is coming or just something Google is trying out?
5:49 pm on Mar 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Is this a preview of what is coming or just something Google is trying out?

time will tell. :p

6:09 pm on Mar 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Looks cool but the PR bar (or whatver) isnt clear to me. I would also like to know the mechanism.

Regards,
getxb

6:21 pm on Mar 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Yeah, I don't understand the PR-type bars either. The biggest bar was for "Local" and I got "We could not understand the location widget".

Um ... wha?

Looks like they just moved the "images/groups/news/froogle/local" links from the top to the left column, for those of you who can't get this to work. Next to each link is a little grey/green bar with the green at different levels, similar to the PR bar on a website if you have the Google toolbar.

Interesting! Thanks for pointing that out!

JK

6:27 pm on Mar 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Ok, it was cool for about ten minutes, :)

Now how do I get back the the old one?

6:37 pm on Mar 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I don't think we will see this interfae bein releases to the masses in it's current form. It's just not simple enough to use. You want to see results, not waste time wondering what something is. Those PR bars for example. I didn't even bother finding out.

Mack.

6:41 pm on Mar 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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In order to nuke the new cookie, run this command in the same way:

javascript:alert(document.cookie="PREF=;path=/;domain=.google.com")
6:41 pm on Mar 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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It seems that the idea is meant to increase awareness of the the following items:
Pagerank
Froogle
Local Search

However, I don't like it. It seems that this change in layout actually makes Google look like any other search engine - actually the second grade meta search kind.
The key to Google's success was it's simplicity. This clearly is information overloading for the first time users - what this will do is divide the future search users between the search engines. I personally think if this is launched it's the start of a downfall. An apt phrase - Gliding the lily.

6:46 pm on Mar 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm pretty sure the green bar next to each search service has nothing to do with PageRank.
7:09 pm on Mar 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm pretty sure the green bar next to each search service has nothing to do with PageRank.

hehe thats what I was talking about. We're all pretty clued up about the web and even we can't be bothered to look :)

It's just not simple enough for Joe user.

Mack.

7:19 pm on Mar 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Computers are going widescreen.. so may Google.

More importantly the GoogleAds might feel less lonely and abandoned on the right now.

8:03 pm on Mar 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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It works on FF, but not IE. I don't like it. Searched "reboot XP last success", the left column shows "local" all green, but it's not really relevant.
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