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7:50 am on Jul 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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For me, the new interface just means one more click to get to the page I want. For Google it just means thousands (Billions?) of extra pages served.
If you want to improve the interface here's a tip. On the NEW advanced reports page.
Move everything except the channels selection box to the left column. Give the entire right column to the channels selection box so I can see more than three of them at a time. Right now its just wasted space on both sides. I can even help with the code if you like.;)
If you want to get REALLY fancy you could give us the ability to shift-click mulitple channels.
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It does have more functionality but I don't think I can get to where I want to be any quicker. Perhaps it's just a familiarity thing.

Added: I wish they could have left it so that it defaulted to the last format that you viewed. I thought that this was a popular innovation when they introduced it earlier this year.

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I wish they wouldn't make the content of the page jump all over the place just because I switched between channels and cumulative view. The old arrangement of just making the channel selection inactive was much more ergonomic.
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I'm not overly impressed however I can learn to live with the looks of it IF the darned thing would load!

It's so SLOW...it's just taken me 20 minutes to log-in with a 2 mbps line.

What is Google doing since a friend of mine has stopped using Gmail with a 56k dial-up since she has a problem simply accessing the site let alone trying to log-in?

Anyone else in the UK experiencing these problems?

11:02 am on July 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I don't like it all. Its sort of ugly.
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If they would simply store whether I last viewed the "Overview" or "Advanced Reports" page I would be much happier.

And what's with the gigantic text?

11:34 am on July 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Same here. I miss the "this week" & "last week" reports :(
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And it would be useful if the figures were the same for the different reports.

For example the new overview for this month shows a different figure to the advanced report for this month (both should be reporting the agregate figure) with the overview being higher.

Then looking at the overview for today and the advanced for today the advanced is showing higher (and probably more up to date) figures.

Although both reports for last month agree - just not with the earnings on the payment history.

I would have thought that all the reports should come from the same reporting database - I can understand that todays data may not be up to date but surely all the reports should say the same thing for the same date range.

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They really kind of blew it as that the first page control panel thing should show us 2 things of extreme importance, our stats for today, not just the total amount, and the stats for the month. That's really all I need to see quickly, if I can see all stats on DAILY and MONTH TO DATE then I have all I need to know until it's time to analyze channels.

What I miss most on the first report is "daily average" in the month information.

A nice graph showing the month at a glance would be nice :)

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Note one other thing as all the defaults for every report is now PAGE IMPRESSIONS as they seem to be trying to sweep AD IMPRESSIONS under the carpet.

Best reason I can come up for in this shift in strategy from switching ads to page is mutliple ads per page displayed by ad impression may have a low 2% CTR but then you show the same data for page impression and it's 6%-7%.

Makes 'em look like they perform better.

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Anyone else in the UK experiencing these problems?

No problems here in the UK, but I don't like the interface. If they would allow me to set preferences then that would be an improvement, but I prefer the old one. I'd be OK with it if I could have the page it loads with and the top channels opened up automatically. But overall the old one didn't need fixing. Some graphs would be nice.

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I give it two thumbs down. (But that and fifty cents use to buy a LARGE cup of coffee)

I would reckon that the ‘defaulted to the last format that you viewed’ is gone due to the database being hit so many times. I would bet Google does not care about pages being served, but database queries are more processor intensive, and with getting rid of last format viewed, they cut that down. I look at today’s stuff most of the time and them compare it with the rest of the month. They must figure that ppl look at today’s’ and not care about the month, but leave that view up for convenience maybe.

Just my opinion.

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Its good when things change and move forward.
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Its good when things change and move forward.

Hold that thought while you go read the thread in AdWords where they mention lowering bids for CPC to $0.01

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jim_w, "processor intensive" is a relative term. The stuff that the AdWords interface is doing is brain-dead in terms of a database lookup. A single nice server could hundreds or thousands per second (maybe a lot more if you avoid disk access by having it all in memory). And I suspect that Google knows a little about databases...

People are always talking about page views, processor time, does Google care if I check my stats 100 times per day... I really doubt any of these things are issues. They just thought that the interface should work differently than we might think.

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JamesR3

So are you saying that database activities do not slow down a cpu when wait states kick in?

 

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