May 12, 2010
Google Redesigns Search Results Page Display
Last week, Google updated its search engine results page display by adding options in a left sidebar designed to help narrow one's search results. See the Official Google Blog post; Google-produced video below. Some don't like it. In Google Gives Its Search Results a Facelift, NYT Bits blogger Brad Stone complains about the redesign as "adding some visual clutter at the expense of offering users tools to help focus their query." But have most Google users even noticed?
In Google: to Universal Search and back again, Pandia Search News notes that protests have been plentiful "but seriously, what Google has done is a good thing. ... Google is torn between two opposing philosophies: (1) simplicity and (2) guidance." Click on the image, left, produced by Pandia Search News for before and after redesign screen shots. [JH]
These facets were previously available as an option. The user just had to click a small button on the results page to make the facet search sidebar appear. The change made last week was making this facet sidebar show up by default (and seemingly unhidable).
Posted by: Jacob | May 13, 2010 10:26:49 AM