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Posted: Jul 22 2010, 11:30 PM
O-1 2nd Lieutenant
Group: Special Forces
Member No.: 148
Joined: 14-July 06
Have you seen the new Google image search? (Maybe you haven't because I don't think it's been rolled out to all web users yet. Just wait a few days... it will be.)
Hmmm, I wonder what the in-house discussion on that one was like...
"Hey I know... lets take nice efficient and organized columns of pictures with useful data around them and remove the useful data, remove the organized columns... oh yeah, and make it much slower to load, too. And we do this because, since we're the market leader in internet search by a wide margin, clearly changing our products completely is the way to go."
After the debacle with Google News, this doesn't surprise me, or even bother me. Google used to be an industry leader, a company that I actually planned on working for for a year or two. Now it's crap; just another company with crap products and too much market share whose ass I can kick.
And Andrew, don't tell me how big companies are so smart and make all decisions like profit-optimizing supercomputers. Google is (formerly) the most rational company on earth, with (formerly) the best computer engineers on the planet... and up to this point, it's been the most successful internet company of all time. If Google can be this dumb, then any company can be dumb. And most companies (even large, successful companies) are morons compared to Google--well, to the old Google, anyway.
EDIT: Here's a thought... and a prediction. With Google's new "glitter over substance" oriented direction causing their hard work to turn to junk, some of Google's top engineers and designers will jump ship and form a new company... whose products will be much like the old Google, but enhanced.
If Google maintains its new direction, I just can't see that NOT happening. (Unless all the angry engineers get snapped up by a competitor like Ask or Bing and given carte blanche... which is unlikely.) It might take a year or several to happen, but watch... you heard it from me first.
Posted: Apr 30 2011, 05:07 PM
Member No.: 1,507
Joined: 11-July 10
I totally disagree. I much prefer the new search. The old search was clunky. You had to go from page to endless page to see the images, the columns you refer to were unnecessary (I don't need a stupid column to tell me where each picture starts and ends and therefore it was very *inefficient*), and it loads *faster* on my PC then the old page did.
With the new search, everything is nicely streamlined and you don't have to click page after page to see all the images.
And sorry, but "data" like the picture size and whatnot I could care less about. If you really want that info, all you have to do is hover over the picture.