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Google's New Design

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the google's-new-clothes dept.

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smitty777 writes "You may have already noticed some of the changes in Google as part of their multi-month design slam. These design changes include information architecture focus, seamless device integration, and simplifying a number of elements. According to the official Google blog, the changes over the next few months will affect Google Search, Maps and Gmail. The black navigation bar in place right now is also part of the Google +Project."

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bsod yo (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36614772)

first time i saw it on a vista box it BSODed

Censorship Statement :) (1)

pavon (30274) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615058)

The first time I saw it, I was using the SSL version of Google, which doesn't have links for the other search types at the top because they don't have SSL support yet. So I loaded the page and saw a big black bar across the top of the page, with almost nothing in it. My first thought was that the firefox notification bar had crashed. My second was that Google had put up a "redacted box" as some sort of statement against censorship, like the colored ribbons you see. Then I saw the "Sign in" text at the far right of the screen and realized what it was.

The cow goes.... (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36614786)

moo.

Back in white (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36614796)

Greasemonkey script to change ugly dark grey to any color http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/105735

Too late. (0, Troll)

Helpadingoatemybaby (629248) | more than 2 years ago | (#36614820)

Too late. I already found that with Bing I get primary sources rather than the first search result being Wikipedia followed by a bunch of blogs, so I switched. (And I hate Microsoft.)

Re:Too late. (-1, Troll)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#36614904)

Too late. I already found that with Bing I get primary sources rather than the first search result being Wikipedia followed by a bunch of blogs, so I switched. (And I hate Microsoft.)

You've been powned, Bing got caught plagarizing Google's results.

Re:Too late. (1, Insightful)

Helpadingoatemybaby (629248) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615012)

No, Bing got caught incorporating Google's results. And personally, I don't care how Bing's doing it. Their results are better. And yes, Microsoft is scum.

Give The Act A Rest - Bing Is Garbage (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36615068)

"(And I hate Microsoft.)"

"Microsoft is scum."

Dude. You're trying way to hard. Give it a rest.

Bing is absolute garbage. Everyone can, and have seen, for themselves.

Re:Too late. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36614958)

Example query?

Re:Too late. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36615022)

"Bill Gates" -wikipedia -tumblr -blogspot

Re:Too late. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36615170)

Example query?

Agreed, sounds like you are just hating to hate.

Re:Too late. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36615002)

Well you didn't actually switch anything except your front end and who gets the ad revenue.

Using Google or Bing will still get you only Google results, since Bing just imports what Google returns.

The very fact you think you are getting different results, when it's been proven many times in many ways that Bing just copies Google's results (Including the fake planted ones), just goes to show how far and deep the Google hate really goes with slashdotters!

Re:Too late. (1)

HaZardman27 (1521119) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615236)

Just did multiple searches on Google and Bing and got different results from both engines on each search. Whatever Bing was doing to copy Google's results, it's not doing it anymore.

Re:Too late. (1)

Toonol (1057698) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615484)

Using Google or Bing will still get you only Google results, since Bing just imports what Google returns.

That is far from the truth. Read up more on the issue; not even Google claimed what you are. Microsoft's toolbar monitored the results of your google searches, and which links you clicked, and the data was incorporated in to Bing's results, as one minor factor. Try a search on both, and compare the results; obviously, neither are copies of the other.

Re:Too late. (2)

iteyoidar (972700) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615024)

The blogs are my biggest problem with Google. If I'm searching for something technology or video game related and my search query happens to resemble an old news headline or phrase, I end up with thousands of blogs repeating the exact same story with slightly rearranged headlines. And god help you if your search phrase is part of some song lyric. Why do that many lyrics websites even exist?

Re:Too late. (1)

Helpadingoatemybaby (629248) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615062)

Exactly. For those who think that the results are the same I'd encourage them to try it. I do switch back to Google occasionally, but for primary sources (ie. anything statistical, anything in the government, anything research related) Google just sucks. Unless you want Wikipedia and blogs, then have at it.

Shut up loser (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36615176)

No one gives a shit about your lame attempts at spamming Microsoft's shit search engine.

Go the fuck away.

Re:Shut up loser (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36615448)

Fuck you, troll.

  Bing often IS better -- google gone corporate is google with extra spam added -- at the top. Learn to think, or get off the internet.

Re:Too late. (1)

instagib (879544) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615202)

I always use a "bookmarklet" to search instead of Google's page. Create one and include search terms like "-blogspot.com -lyrics" and refine that way your searches.
If have several defined searches and have put them as buttons on the bookmarks toolbar. Here's one for Firefox (one line, will be broken):

javascript:q=document.getSelection();for(i=0;iframes.length;i++){q=frames[i].document.getSelection();if(q)break;}if(!q)void(q=prompt('enter%20keywords%20or%20highlight%20words%20on%20web%20page',''));if(q)location.href='http://www.google.com/search?client=googlet&hl=en&num=25&complete=0&safe=off&q='+escape(q)

Re:Too late. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36615346)

Why do that many lyrics websites even exist?

If any one got too useful and authoritative, ASCAP would just shut them down.

Re:Too late. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36615048)

I just did three searches with Google and Bing. Bing had Wikipedia higher in every one, except the time they both had Wikipedia first. I tried: "sugar", "car battery", and "Andromeda".

Re:Too late. (1)

synapse7 (1075571) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615084)

I've found on the average when looking for something obscure(IT related) the top search results from Bing are more current, where the same search on Google will produce results 3-4 years old. When I do search with google I also find the "popups" regarding changing my homepage or installing chrome highly annoying.

Re:Too late. (1)

Flipao (903929) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615504)

Too late. I already found that with Bing I get primary sources rather than the first search result being Wikipedia followed by a bunch of blogs, so I switched. (And I hate Microsoft.)

If you hated Microsoft there's no way in hell you'd be using Bing, so I'll take your second statement as a lie, and by association the first statement as well.

By staring Google down in hopes that they'd blink, Microsoft managed to all but lose any relevance it might have had in the mobile OS business and barely gained a blip in the search space.

So you can come down to Slashdot and push your shitty search engine til your fingers bleed. It won't make any difference.

BIG MISTAKE (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36614828)

If it ain't broke - don't fix it. They should have left it alone... Now they have added another layer of clutter to the screen. As it is, a good 25 to 30 percent of my screen real estate is devoted to various toolbars and file menus. I think this is secretly part of their plan to drive people away from Internet Explorer towards Chrome. They want the web application to have the menus and tool bars rather than the browser itself.

Re:BIG MISTAKE (1)

halivar (535827) | more than 2 years ago | (#36614900)

There was always a menu at the top. Now it's a different color, and has a new item. Not a big deal.

Re:BIG MISTAKE (1)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615386)

They have (re)invented the color-offset-text menu bar. The same thing that Microsoft has been actively strangling to death in their flagship products. Hallelujah! Someone noticed that it wasn't just a good idea in the 1980s, it's still a good idea!

Re:BIG MISTAKE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36615506)

No... there used to be no menu at the top. Then there was an invisible menu that would fade in when you moved the mouse. That was really awful. Then there was the same menu except not invisible. Then there's this version, with a dark background to prep our minds for the idea that the google search page, and all google pages, are "apps".

Re:BIG MISTAKE (1)

Soul-Burn666 (574119) | more than 2 years ago | (#36614990)

In case you weren't trolling, the big mistake is having so many toolbars and file menus. I really like the slick design of Chrome and Firefox. More space for the pages, less space for clutter.
The top bar of Google pages has been reserved for ages now. The only difference is that they added added the Notifications and Share buttons.

Re:BIG MISTAKE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36615408)

The bar has changed though. Previously you could open new tabs on it, now no longer. Also there is a distinct change in the visual appeal of the website now. A white bar on a white background doesn't look like a bar. A black bar cuts off the page.

Re:BIG MISTAKE (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36614994)

As it is, a good 25 to 30 percent of my screen real estate is devoted to various toolbars

Only idiots install toolbars.

Re:BIG MISTAKE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36615090)

secretly

nope

Re:BIG MISTAKE (1)

Dishevel (1105119) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615260)

Ha.
I bet it sucks having so little screen space left after the tool bars you have installed to enjoy your AOL with.

Re:BIG MISTAKE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36615558)

The best companies are always improving, making what is not broke even better.

Is this why I am getting worse results (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 2 years ago | (#36614840)

I have a bad habit of reusing the same google queries to find the same websites again. Suddenly I am getting results that are not the same and in fact much worse. It looks like they are trying to guess more what I want. I wish google offered a version that respected punctuation and basically let you search the web the way google code can be searched.

Well, it is a bit different (1)

Winchestershire (1495475) | more than 2 years ago | (#36614846)

It isn't awful by any means, but I think they need a lighter color font for the black bar at the top. Also, I swear they have shrunken the size of the font and search box on the main google page. Is anybody else encountering this?

jumpy scrolling (4, Interesting)

magarity (164372) | more than 2 years ago | (#36614848)

I cut way back on Google usage a few months ago when they took over the arrow keys' normal smooth window scrolling and made it jump from one search result to another. That just makes it hard to read and track which entry is next when it jumps like that.

Re:jumpy scrolling (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36615036)

Aaaand... makes it way more usable without a mouse.

Re:jumpy scrolling (1)

Colonel Korn (1258968) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615284)

I cut way back on Google usage a few months ago when they took over the arrow keys' normal smooth window scrolling and made it jump from one search result to another. That just makes it hard to read and track which entry is next when it jumps like that.

From www.google.com go to the little settings icon, select search settings, and turn off instant search. No more blue arrow. Enjoy!

Looks like SHIT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36614860)

Get rid of the black navigation bar!

Re:Looks like SHIT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36614906)

Try the Greasemonkey script to change ugly dark grey to any color http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/105735

How about Google Classic (4, Insightful)

Jeng (926980) | more than 2 years ago | (#36614892)

How about a Google Classic page, just the little friendly box that we type our queries into, hit enter, and get our results. Nothing else.

Re:How about Google Classic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36615132)

+9001

Re:How about Google Classic (4, Insightful)

Grizzley9 (1407005) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615182)

How about a Google Classic page, just the little friendly box that we type our queries into, hit enter, and get our results. Nothing else.

Sounds like you are wasting effort already by going to the google.com search page. Why not just type it in either the search engine bar or super bar in FF/IE or the address bar in Chrome? There's no reason to go to Google.com with modern browsers.

Re:How about Google Classic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36615508)

How about a Google Classic page, just the little friendly box that we type our queries into, hit enter, and get our results. Nothing else.

Sounds like you are wasting effort already by going to the google.com search page. Why not just type it in either the search engine bar or super bar in FF/IE or the address bar in Chrome? There's no reason to go to Google.com with modern browsers.

I use IE4 on Solaris you insensitive clod!

Re:How about Google Classic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36615466)

Yeah, let's never change or progress ever!

Hearing negative feedback over the toolbar (1)

chemicaldave (1776600) | more than 2 years ago | (#36614894)

Soon after my co-workers started logging into their workstations the cacophony of whining lasted about five minutes... mostly about the new black background color for the toolbar, a striking contrast to the previous white.

People I know, myself included, aren't happy with the change, but that seems to be Google. They tend to change things and users get used to it. But this is a bit different. With no way to change the color of the toolbar -- other than a developer extension or script -- users are stuck with black.

Unless there's some setting that I'm not seeing...

Re:Hearing negative feedback over the toolbar (5, Funny)

zegota (1105649) | more than 2 years ago | (#36614948)

"People I know, myself included, aren't happy with the change, but that seems to be Google. They tend to change things and users get used to it." I think that's the case here. Google's counting on the fact that once you go black, you never go back.

Re:Hearing negative feedback over the toolbar (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36615410)

I agree. All this new stuff sucks. I hated it when Google switched to the new logo. I use DuckDuckGo for searches now, but unfortunately am still stuck with Google for gmail and reader. I wish they had a "go back to the way things used to be" button.

Re:Hearing negative feedback over the toolbar (2)

earls (1367951) | more than 2 years ago | (#36614998)

I have a sneaking suspicion that once Google+ goes live, you'll be able to skin most of Google's apps with a theme of your choosing.

Re:Hearing negative feedback over the toolbar (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36615178)

Slowly make the default theme more and more ugly, and pretty soon you can track everyone's search habits personally (and you don't have to infer it from browser/os/habits any more).

Re:Hearing negative feedback over the toolbar (1)

Soul-Burn666 (574119) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615042)

I feel this is done on purpose to direct attention to it.
Previously, it "just was there", as a part of the page. Now they want it to be like an application toolbar - something which lets you select between your apps which appear below it.

I like it quite a bit. Gives a fresh look to the whole Google experience.

Re:Hearing negative feedback over the toolbar (2)

cmiller173 (641510) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615128)

I already "skin" gmail and iGoogle with a fairly dark theme and have a fairly dark "persona" on firefox. The new dark color looks better for me.

Re:Hearing negative feedback over the toolbar (1)

The Great Pretender (975978) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615140)

I hear Apple was awarded a patent on using a white background in the toolbar. Google obviously will not pay the license (Ummm, I'm joking btw...it's obvious, but you can never tell with this crowd)

Being Slashdot this will mean... (1, Insightful)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 2 years ago | (#36614896)

They will hate it.
Anything that changes they hate.
If someone tries to lighten things up a bit they hate it.

They want the product to stay the same every day and never improve them, until it gets so outdated that it not used at all... Except by them.

For being tech people, I am surprised how resistant to change we are.

Re:Being Slashdot this will mean... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36614952)

Which are these "they" that you are referring to? Us, as in Slashdot readers, including you?

I don't get it.

Re:Being Slashdot this will mean... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36615110)

We is usually self inclusive.... sooooooo

Re:Being Slashdot this will mean... (1)

SniperJoe (1984152) | more than 2 years ago | (#36614962)

You weren't a part of the Gawker redesign (or any of their subsidiary blogs) were you? Bah, what am I thinking? You realize that people are resistant to change and that perhaps people don't like to be TOLD what's better sometimes. You're WAY ahead of their design team.

Re:Being Slashdot this will mean... (3, Insightful)

YojimboJango (978350) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615102)

I'm torn by your comment. In one sense I quit using Gawker all together when they applied their new redesign (because it broke if obscene amounts of javascript wasn't enabled). So it's not like a bad design hasn't made me quit a site...

However they changed a white bar to a black bar. WTF people. Based on a lot of reactions a sane man would assume that they murdered your cat in front of your children. Breathe.

Re:Being Slashdot this will mean... (3, Interesting)

SniperJoe (1984152) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615334)

I quit using their sites altogether as well, for exactly the same reasons as you did. I was merely trying to comment on the fact that I think you captured a bit of both sides of the issue here. On one hand, developers are trying to force change in the name of "process improvement." On the other hand, people want things to stay the same, even if it leaves them behind. In many cases, people are taken aback when they are TOLD that the new product is better when that improvement isn't quite apparent. As a developer, you have to weigh the value of improvement with the disruption that you are causing.

In Gawker's case, they majorly screwed the pooch. They massively broke their site while adopting the condescending "we know better than you, so deal with it" tone of voice, which caused many of their previously loyal readers to leave. You at least realize the fact that users are afraid of change and that some (including myself) are very resistant to that change. That puts you WAY ahead of the curve compared to the Gawker team.

Re:Being Slashdot this will mean... (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615246)

Translation: Someone else did a bad redesign so all redesigns suck. Too bad you lack the ability to think and take some time to see if the new thing is better or not.

Re:Being Slashdot this will mean... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36614980)

That's only with design changes that make the UX/UI worse... E.g. Facebook UI updates. Google's are minor refinements or actual improvements. I almost didn't think this was possible from a larger (web) company any more.

Re:Being Slashdot this will mean... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36615006)

BS. Geeks love things new but they are relentless in weeding out unecessary changes. They more than most are aware that a change that provides little or no new and useful functionality is going to slow them down. And geeks HATE to be slowed down.

Re:Being Slashdot this will mean... (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615126)

Speak for yourself. But I think you're confusing `some people` with `everyone`. Given there are, who knows, perhaps tens of thousands of people who read this site every day, and probably hundreds or thousands who post every day, you're going to get a range of opinions. When it comes to a new site design, what are the options? Like, dislike, don't really care?

Personally I think it's barely worth talking about a redesign if it's just `the stuff at the top has a black background now`. I'm more concerned that I've paid for a domain, pointed it at a 'Google Apps' account, but cannot use it to access Google+. I'm also limited in how I can use Google Reader for the same reason. I get hilarious messages like: "you need to create a profile" and then "your organisation cannot create a profile". Duh! Oh, and I'm not an organisation, just a person with the regular free 50 email accounts per 'google apps' account.

Re: Use a Dev Fork (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36615134)

No, I think techies are resistant to useless changes. If you want to make superficial changes, fine; if you want to make changes that some will love and others hate, fine. Just do it on a fork, and leave me something that works reliably until evolution has a bit of time to work on the fruits of your creative genius. Yes, that's right: I believe services like Google should have dev forks for all the whizzbang new features that will go extinct before I give a crap.

Re:Being Slashdot this will mean... (4, Insightful)

maxwells_deamon (221474) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615398)

If you have a vision issue (or just a crappy monitor) it becomes about 10 times harder to read. What advantage does it provide beyond eye candy?

The black navigation bar in place right now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36614916)

The black navigation bar in place right now has given me headaches, as I thought I had some issue with my drivers... [shame on me]

What's the difference? (1)

Daetrin (576516) | more than 2 years ago | (#36614920)

Are there any good before/after screenshot comparisons? (As in comparing now with a couple days ago, not the now and 1997 comparison in the linked article, and full screen rather than individual elements like in the other article.)

They already had some kind of bar at the top before, so the only difference i noticed is that it turned black. I figure if i don't immediately notice the change it _probably_ isn't that bad. Not like when they switched to the ugly new favicon or made the font size huge.

Re:What's the difference? (1)

Hadlock (143607) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615184)

the difference is that you have a black, oppressive cloud hanging over your search experience

Ugly ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36614926)

Anyone else thinks that this new black bar is incredibly ugly ?
My reason to have google as my home page was the fact that (almost) all the page was purely white !

Re:Ugly ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36615092)

sooooo tape a piece of white paper over your screen, since you're obviously more interested in having a white screen than actually using your computer

Whine (0, Flamebait)

firewrought (36952) | more than 2 years ago | (#36614932)

Blah blah I hate the black status bar at the top WHAT THE HECK WERE THEY THINKING ARGhh blarghfla flagh flarh...

Okay... now that we got the obligatory b*tch & moan out of the way that people seem to do over the trivialist of changes, perhaps we can focus on interesting topics, such as Google's endgame for this redesign, or how they expect to use WebGL.

Looks like time to find a new search engine (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36614934)

Is there any search engine left that doesn't suck. I'm looking for one that,

1. Searches for what I want it to search for instead of what it thinks I wanted to search for. Google is always wrong on this one and has been getter worse and worse since they implemented it.

2. Actually presents relevant results. Google used to present relevant information but now I kept the same handful of pages.

3. Has an uncluttered interface. One like google used to have.

4. Has a maps that don't suck. What retard thought it was a good idea to make the scroll wheel zoom?

Re:Looks like time to find a new search engine (4, Insightful)

0123456 (636235) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615360)

Searches for what I want it to search for instead of what it thinks I wanted to search for. Google is always wrong on this one and has been getter worse and worse since they implemented it.

Yeah, pretty much every time I use Google now I start wondering whether there's a better search engine out there because every update makes it less useful. Why should I have to tell the search engine to actually search for what I specifically asked it to search for and not try to guess what I really wanted to search for?

It's particularly problematic for technical searches which often have acronyms which are close to real words and Google 'corrects' them for me.

Re:Looks like time to find a new search engine (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36615404)

1. Searches for what I want it to search for instead of what it thinks I wanted to search for. Google is always wrong on this one and has been getter worse and worse since they implemented it.

I agree that this sucks.

3. Has an uncluttered interface. One like google used to have.

It's not THAT bad.

4. Has a maps that don't suck. What retard thought it was a good idea to make the scroll wheel zoom?

Wait, we're talking about a search engine. Why don't we stick with that?

In any case, try DuckDuckGo [duckduckgo.com]. You may prefer it, and they don't do #1, nor do they track you.

Re:Looks like time to find a new search engine (1)

Jeng (926980) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615456)

I'd like that also, but I imagine a lot of the changes with Google search results is due to spammers trying to game the system, and Google trying to fight them.

Curious though, what would you prefer to point # 4? What do you expect the wheel to do when you scroll it on a map? It's not like you can scroll sideways.

Re:Looks like time to find a new search engine (1)

Toonol (1057698) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615534)

Duckduckgo.com? I haven't used it that much, but it looks promising, and I'm contemplating switching to it as primary. If only it had a shorter name...

Weird GIS / toolbar anomaly. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36614964)

Weird.

With Javascript disabled, a GIS for foo [google.com] works just fine with cookies enabled, but if I use the same URL, without cookies enabled, fails [google.com].

With Javascript enabled, the same URL for the GIS works whether cookies are enabled or not.

Soon the Google's front page will be your desktop (2)

ingo23 (848315) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615136)

So start to get used to the black bar at the top with e-mail notifications, IM pop-ups, battery status, 3G and cell signal strength.

Then when your OS application bar and browser toolbar/menu will gradually disappear, you will not be surprised.

Re:Soon the Google's front page will be your deskt (1)

SnicersX (2322820) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615470)

That was a moronic comment. They already have Chrome as the OS. It is called Chrome OS, so of course their browser and websites are going to gear towards that.

So Sayeth the Grease Monkey (2)

carrier lost (222597) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615174)

The black navigation bar in place right now is also part of the Google +Project.

// ==UserScript==
// @name HideTopBar
// @namespace http://.google.com/* [google.com]
// @description Gets rid of annoying black bar
// ==/UserScript==

(function() {
  1. document.getElementById('gb').style.display="none";

})();

Black bar (5, Funny)

tecnico.hitos (1490201) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615188)

Among the changes, Google announced that it's new motto is "Be evil". The black bar marks its new corporative mentality, that involves new goals such as using it's privileged position to take over the world and kicking puppies.

Re:Black bar (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615278)

Puppies often like being kicked. Just be sure that when you kick them it is not in a way that hurts them.

Just goes to show... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36615200)

Just goes to show how cyclical (and somewhat silly) trends are. Black, then white, then silver, then neon (or the contrary dull colours) - and finally back to black. Repeat every 10 years. Apple is a perfect example of this. :-)

real change is the mobile version (1)

phaserbanks (1977290) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615226)

the mobile site got a huge overhaul by comparison, complete with bloaty icons. just what I needed. slower load times when I open my phone's browser.

Doing it right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36615318)

They are making our lives easier, granted search has changed from "simple query's" to return the always the same information. But honestly, times change, of course a query is going to change relevant results as time goes on. Additionally, the abilities Google has integrated into it's engine has made my life easier and smoother month after month, not once have I seen something and completely lost the ability to search and find relevant information.

Google maps / mouse scroll wheel annoyance (1, Interesting)

CmdrPorno (115048) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615326)

Dear Google, please stop using the scroll wheel to zoom in/out in Google Maps. It drives me nuts every time I use it. Better yet, give us an option to use the wheel to pan (which would be the logical mapping of that function) instead of zoom.

Re:Google maps / mouse scroll wheel annoyance (2)

BradleyUffner (103496) | more than 2 years ago | (#36615478)

Dear Google, please stop using the scroll wheel to zoom in/out in Google Maps. It drives me nuts every time I use it. Better yet, give us an option to use the wheel to pan (which would be the logical mapping of that function) instead of zoom.

No way, I love scroll wheel zooming and get frustrated when it doesn't work on other maps. Sounds like it needs to be an optional setting.

not black (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36615426)

the bar is not black. it is #2d2d2d

black would be #000000

I HATE THAT DAMN BLACK BAR! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36615526)

I also hate changes to software that I didn't make. Google, get your damn hands off my desktop, you're turning into freaking adobe.

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