My first indication that Google was in trouble came from comments to my post on Thursday entitled, Google News Redesign Offers "News for You."
Brad said, "The new Google News blows! I want the old one back. I shouldn't need to log in each time I want to check the top news stories (I switch between 5 different computers during a normal day)."
Then, Em said, "You should check out the user reaction on the Google News Help Forum. Out of about 600+ posts, I have only seen 1 positive response. Most are asking for a way to revert to the old layout."
And Jerry said, "I detest the new design. The old design allowed me to do a quick scan of headlines and pursue stories of interest. The new design is a godawful mess that can not be easily scanned. The postings by Google employees in the Google News Help forum are basically non-responsive to objections to the new format. I've already switched to news.ask.com. The latter may not be ideal, but it's better that what's now available at news.google.com."
My second indication that Google was in trouble came from my wife, who normally doesn't comment on these kinds of things. Yesterday, she asked me to tell her where the undo or reset button was -- so she could revert to the old Google News design. When I told that there wasn't one, she asked where she could post a comment to let Google know what she thinks and I pointed her to http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/news/label.
I hate the new "layout" of Google News. I loved the old format- two columns with the news seperated and categorized. This new style is horrible. I can't even check the news- it's too hard to read. I loved how easy it was to check headlines and read fascinating articles. Now, I can't even do that. I want the old Google News back- and fast!
Lauren July 5, 2010 1:01 AM
New Google News is sad. Very sad. I deleted my homepage bookmark and changed it to http://news.ask.com/news I'd prefer the old Google News, but ask.com is lightyears ahead of the New Google News in terms of readability and organization.
david July 5, 2010 1:18 AM
Google Is The New Toyota - Unintened Acceleration Towards Mediocrity.
Google gave the car keys to some teenage geek (Fred S)- who then ran amuck with every HTML toy in the arsenal - and lost.
Teenage kids made this decision - to bring a slide rule to our breakfast table. Just read the Google feedback from people who made Google News part of their morning coffee ritual.
Only adults should be allowed to run corporations - and Google aint one of em.
These kids probably haven't even tried coffee yet. No wonder they butchered the world's newspaper.
Rob July 5, 2010 2:00 AM
The new layout is awfull PLEASE switch it back.
Denise July 5, 2010 2:45 AM
Hey, everyone! Google is really nice, providing us with such a great service for FREE. Give them a little slack for experimentation.
Hey, Google! Interesting experiment. Do you have the feedback you need, yet? Can we please, please have our old web page back now?
Gavin Rayworth July 5, 2010 11:58 AM