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14

Jan
2009

Google Changes – Good? Bad? Ugly?

By Jag Jan 14, 2009 5:40 pm

Google has made several changes and/or added new features to their already existing features. For example, you can now Spice up your inbox with colors and themes. This change I embraced as I am always on the lookout for a new, colorful, appealing, and/or easier-to-navigate theme for the products I use.

Then Google changed the Google Reader interface. This change annoyed me quite a bit at first as they actually made some things harder to find, such as how to "show all" or "show updated" items. It took me a week to figure out that I needed to click the tiny little down arrow to the right of "Subscriptions" to get to those menu options. When they announced the change all they said about that particular change was:


  • The "Show all - updated" controls are now in the Subscriptions options menu.


I kept looking for the word "Options" and didn't realize it was a tiny down facing arrow. Once I figured that out and got used to all the changes I like it well enough. But I think the prior interface was actually easier to navigate. Maybe it's just me?

Yesterday Google announced "A new Google Sitemap Generator for your website". I haven't played much with this yet and I liked the old one well enough for my personal web site. Have you had a chance to mess with it and see if the changes are for the better?

Google even changed their favicon. While the new one is more colorful, it's going to have to grow on me a bit for me to like this change.

Today Google announced even more changes such as Changes to engineering and Changes to recruiting.

Google is changing all over the place. None of them too dramatic in the grand scheme of things, and most are improvements in my opinion. What has been your experience?

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