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Stallion
 
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2009-09-09, 22:16

I don't like it. Do you?
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Brad
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2009-09-09, 22:18

Hrmm?
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Stallion
 
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2009-09-09, 22:22

OMG there is giant text in the search box too.

Everything else looks the same, so it doesn't appear to be a browser related issue.

Edit: It looks normal in firefox but weird in safari. What?

Here's a screenshot:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/42238180@N04/3905953246/

...and calling/e-mailing/texting ex-girlfriends on the off-chance they'll invite you over for some "old time's sake" no-strings couch gymnastics...
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PKIDelirium
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2009-09-09, 22:22

Yeah, I noticed that earlier today on Gmail. They're no longer using the default buttons, including the main search front page.
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Brad
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2009-09-09, 22:23





Google does do A/B testing. Maybe you guys are in the test pool?
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PKIDelirium
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2009-09-09, 22:25



Oddly Gmail seems to be back to normal for me now.
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Stallion
 
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2009-09-09, 22:28

How are you guys posting screenshots? I would have did it from here versus going to flickr if I had known I could do it

PKI, thanks, that pic is much better than mine.

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Robo
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2009-09-09, 22:31

I don't mind it. I mean, I don't ever really go to google.com anyway, so whatever. My mom will probably like it.
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Brad
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2009-09-09, 22:34

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How are you guys posting screenshots?
cmd-shift-4, select, and then upload to http://tinypic.com
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Brad
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2009-09-09, 22:36

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Oddly Gmail seems to be back to normal for me now.
Yeah, that almost certainly them doing some A/B testing. I got surprised with a different search results layout a couple weeks ago and my coworker at the next desk got a whole new Google News UI a couple months ago. I suspect these trials are not at all uncommon, but they just usually aren't quite so obvious.

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2009-09-09, 22:37

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Yeah, that almost certainly them doing some A/B testing. I got surprised with a different search results layout a couple weeks ago and my coworker at the next desk got a whole new Google News UI a couple months ago. I suspect these trials are not at all uncommon, but they just usually aren't quite so obvious.
Like how they test fifty different shades of blue to get the most "liked" one. A bastion of design they aren't.
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dmegatool
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2009-09-09, 22:39

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How are you guys posting screenshots? I would have did it from here versus going to flickr if I had known I could do it
I love dropbox for that. Cmd+Shift+4, move to public folder, copy link, boom...
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Stallion
 
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2009-09-09, 22:46

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I love dropbox for that. Cmd+Shift+4, move to public folder, copy link, boom...
Dropbox is my favorite tool. Man, I didn't even know about the public folder in dropbox. I usually just use it for transporting files/music to and from work.

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Chinney
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2009-09-09, 22:52

I'm liking it. If you were also a certain age and had read as much fine print as I have you'd be liking it too.

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Maciej
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2009-09-09, 23:20

What Is this dropbox y'all are talking about? I'm thoroughly confused now stuff in my dropbox gets onto the web? I must be missing something.
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Brad
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2009-09-09, 23:34

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What Is this dropbox y'all are talking about? I'm thoroughly confused now stuff in my dropbox gets onto the web? I must be missing something.
http://www.getdropbox.com/ First hit in Google.
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Maciej
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2009-09-09, 23:49

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http://www.getdropbox.com/ First hit in Google.
Haha, well next time I'll remember to google something I read about in the google thread. I thought it was about the dropbox in my shared folder so I wasn't sure what to google.

oh, now I've read and I really see! Thanks brad.
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Luca
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2009-09-10, 02:10

I'm getting huge text + buttons in Firefox 3.5.2 on Windows.
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dmegatool
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2009-09-10, 06:55

I noticed it yesterday too. I was on my MediaCenter (Chrome) so I just thought that I was still "zoomed". That would have explain the big text/button. It's great as regular text on a 32"720p TV is a little bit small.

But this on my MBP... no way !!!

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2009-09-10, 07:24

My Hackintosh and my MB are getting big buttons too.

I am always logged in with a Google account. Maybe that's what's different? All my machines are running 10.6 too.

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2009-09-10, 08:12

I seem to have some giant buttons on Googles search page. Actually i prefer it. As it fills out the screen a bit more, rather than the rather empty search page.
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joveblue
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2009-09-10, 10:22

I don't know how I hadn't seen it until this thread, since it's my homepage (mustn't have opened any new tabs today), but...

*DISLIKE*
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2009-09-11, 04:56

Seems okay I guess. I always use the google search in my browser so I didn't even notice it.
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kieran
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2009-09-11, 07:30

I got the giant buttons yesterday both in Chrome on my PC at work and Safari on my Mac.

Ugly as all hell.
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Iago
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2009-09-11, 08:16

Does anybody here really go to Google's homepage often enough to care? Surely we all use the Safari search bar.
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Wyatt
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2009-09-11, 08:30

That's pretty much what I thought when I saw this thread, too. I never use the Google home page at all any more. There's no reason, when the search bar is just a Cmd-Opt-F away.

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Brad
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2009-09-11, 08:39

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Does anybody here really go to Google's homepage often enough to care? Surely we all use the Safari search bar.
It's so strange, really. Most people I know IRL type google.com in the location field and then search using Google's home page instead of using Safari or Firefox's built-in Google search field. I've never quite figured out why.

I use the browser's search field.

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kieran
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2009-09-11, 09:03

I never use the Google.com page either, but the buttons on my search results page seem to be bigger as well. That's what I was referring to.

Anyone else have the same thought?

Maybe I'm just thinking they're larger.
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Brad
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2009-09-11, 09:07

Yeah, I've finally gotten the humongo field/button on all my computers on both the Google home page and search results pages.

(I guess rather than A/B testing this was just a slow phased rollout.)

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2009-09-11, 10:31

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It's so strange, really. Most people I know IRL type google.com in the location field and then search using Google's home page instead of using Safari or Firefox's built-in Google search field. I've never quite figured out why.

I use the browser's search field.
My Father types google into the search bar in Safari. Increasingly I believe that computers are not for everyone.
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