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1:01 am on May 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi All,

It seems Google has made a change to their homepage and SERP here in Australia.

The radio buttons for "Pages from the Web" and "Pages from Australia" have been taken out.
There is no evidence of these on the home page but the SERP still shows it as an option on a left frame alongside organic results.

Is this change being seen in all other Google local versions?

I wonder what the thinking is behind this alteration...
2:36 am on May 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I still see the radio buttons when I access google.com.au from the US, so I don't know what to say. A few weeks ago someone reported the same for another country Google but their situation reverted quickly.
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I'm still seeing it here in Canberra, Australia.
3:53 am on May 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

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It nearly got me when I checked. It loaded without the radio buttons, but then the buttons faded in along with the image & video links etc, but it did take a few seconds.
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For Google India, no radio button option is coming from around 2 weeks now.
1:45 am on May 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

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The radio buttons are now gone from my google.com.au page but they are on the results page once the search has been completed. Im on the Gold Coast.

I have to say i'm not impressed with the new layout with the extra left column always there. There is quite a lot more white space to the right of the AdWords ads. It's a bit squashed in for my liking.
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OK - they are gone now. Looks like I am now seeing the new interface.
2:45 am on May 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Same here in midwest US. The AU "only" search is now selectrd in a left column...
2:46 am on May 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

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yeah I see the 3 column layout minus the buttons, plenty of options down the left hand side.

*
o The web
o Pages from Australia
*
o Any time
o Latest
o Past 24 hours
o Past week
o Past month
o Past year
o Custom range...
From:
To:
ex: 23/5/2004

*
o Standard view
o Related searches
o Wonder wheel
o Timeline
*
o Standard results
o Sites with images
o Fewer shopping sites
o More shopping sites
o Page previews
o Translated search
*
o Reset tools
3:13 am on May 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

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The "wonder wheel" is particularly untidy -

[google.com.au...]
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The new layout has been rolling out since mis-morning.

Results are stable too.

/y0z2a
4:21 am on May 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

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This feature seems to have bypassed iGoogle users who still see the radio buttons here in Australia.

I'm in Melbourne and still seeing the new version without radio buttons today too.
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The wonder wheel looks pretty neat. A lot of potential for dynamic search for the average user with this new UI overall.
5:04 am on May 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

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One more really cool thing is the Custom Range (date) search, is this searching through individual data sets for the specific time range ? A lot of hints there for webmasters :)
5:17 am on May 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Google officially blogs about the changes to their search page.

[googleblog.blogspot.com ]
5:32 am on May 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Even from the old interface, a lot of these features (all of them?) are available by clicking on "+options" at the top. I often use the date range search when trying to sort out sequences of events over the recent past. and Wonder Wheel is a good check on the wider keyword niche that my sites are hoping to reach.
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Wonder wheel is handy but its ugly the way it displays results IMO, all jammed down the RHS.

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