Google's Homepage change: Now you see it, now you don't

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  1. Tilpots macrumors 601

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    http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/now-you-see-it-now-you-dont.html
    Google? Changing it's classic homepage? :confused:

    It's not that different, but I don't like it. Maybe if I give it time... Nah. I still won't like it. What do you all think?
     
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    Just started for me yesterday. The blog post is from yesterday as well. Maybe your part of the uber-secret Google test team!:D

    Do you like it?
     
  4. mscriv macrumors 601

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    Interesting. It felt kinda weird the first time seeing it, but I doubt I will even notice it much in the future as most of my google searches are initiated from the shortcut search feature at the top of the browser window.
     
  5. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

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    Yes, I do actually. When I arrive at google.com there are no links up top. Once I move the mouse they appear. Very cool IMO.
     
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    I usually access gmail from the google homepage at work and I keep looking for my button but it's not there... then it is... then I blink three more times trying to figure out what happened. :) Hopefully I'll get used to it soon.
     
  7. MasterDev macrumors 65816

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    I use the firefox start page, so I haven't even noticed this. Although I do like it.
     
  8. StruckANerve macrumors 6502

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    Google has been doing this at home for a couple weeks now. But it's not doing it at work right now. I wonder if the browser or flash player matters?
     
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    As long as its still lightning fast, I could care less about the special effects they add. :)
     
  10. dmr727 macrumors G3

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    It's been like that for quite awhile. Interface effects that do nothing to actually improve usability tend to bother me, just on general principle. I was pretty surprised that Google would implement something like this.
     
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    Same here; I first noticed it on 15/11.
     
  13. Tilpots thread starter macrumors 601

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    Indeed you did. I searched but didn't find your thread on the topic.

    I use Safari at home and Firefox at work and neither had this new look. I use the Google homepage many, many times a day and it just started for me yesterday. How would they be able to implement this in different places at different times?
     
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    Me either.
     
  15. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    I though the page looked weird today when I went to it but it is so rare for me to even make it to the google homepage as I do most of my google searches out of the toolbar in firefox.
     
  16. prodigee macrumors 6502a

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    Its been like this for weeks in my case, I didn't really care that much because I just type what I need to search in and press enter, thats it. In reality for me I don't need buttons if all I have to do is just press enter. Personally I dont understand why they did it, because it takes all of 1 second for it to fade in, so really nothing has changed.

    A few weeks ago there were no buttons and then it would all fade in after about 5 seconds which for some was really not practical but for me because I use google for 1 thing (searching) I liked it, it was really simple and looked really clean.

    But really I don't get the point of changing this, what did it achieve?
     
  17. donga macrumors 6502a

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    i think it shows the power and elegance of minimalism. with the tons of google features now it can be easy for it to get cluttered.
     
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    As long as I can still use google as a spell checker and google.com loads in a second, I'm happy, I really don't care about if it fades or not. Cool, but IDC.
     
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    I didn't even notice. I assumed my computer was just slow until I read this post. Huh, go figure...:rolleyes:
     
  20. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000

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    odd, google.co.uk gives me the fade in things, but old style buttons, and old style search results
    google.com gives me the new blue buttons, new style search results, but not the fade in feature...

    I'm sure it'll sort itself out in a few days. odd though.
     
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    google.co.uk gives me Fade-In, other than that it is exactly the same as the US one/www.google.com.
     
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    I had to go and check it out after I read this post since I hardly ever actually land on the google page either--but it does seem a bit weird.
     
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    See, this is exactly why this kind of thing bothers me. If you're gonna gobble up processor cycles with stupid UI effects, at least make it somehow improve the UI.
     
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    Meh, it works for me, but I really don't see why they did it.
     
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