Google's Home Page Instructs: "This Space Intentionally Left Blank"

Nov 2, 2009 • 8:54 am | comments (25) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine
 

I am a bit in shock to see Google testing yet another messaging on their simplistic fading home page. First it was just a plain and simple search box and logo, with no instructions. Then Google had to add instructions to tell people they need to press enter to conduct a search. Now, Google is taking it one step further by explaining that the page is left empty on purpose.

Here is a screen capture:

Google "This space intentionally left blank"

Yes, this is the type of stuff you see on standardize tests or big legal documents. Now, you see this on Google's home page.

We have some people complaining about this in the forums.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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Comments:

Tareq

11/03/2009 03:31 am

I'm pretty sure that it's just Google testing a new homepage design concept on a limited number of users. I've gotten the page before with just the Google logo and the search bar initially, and the rest fading into view once you mouseover anywhere on the page. It seems like their newest test has the "intentionally blank" message so people don't flip out at the redesign. On another computers, I just got the regular homepage, text and all, which leads me to my limited user test theory.

Art, MI.

11/04/2009 04:54 am

I hate this shit; I thought it was a virus!

tom

11/04/2009 06:32 am

I think its a sells pitch myself, but i could be wrong. I was wrong once before!

tom

11/04/2009 06:41 am

I think the words Droid should go there permanently, or at least for a while. That Motorola Droid looks and sounds the bomb, and a bomb for iphone.

albany

11/04/2009 06:54 am

>>I hate this shit; I thought it was a virus! I think we should start using secure, reliable, hackproof, military grade OSes in the future...

firenze

11/04/2009 08:32 am

noobs

Ash

11/05/2009 10:01 pm

I am glad that Google does not create their apps with users of the lowest denominator in mind. So many things are dumbing-down now, and it is both depressing and scary. In ten years, will there be instructions on cans of soda? Cigarettes? ... bathrooms?

jonathon

11/06/2009 03:21 am

well there is!!

tom

11/06/2009 07:02 am

well, at least it got us talking!

tom

11/06/2009 07:09 am

if i wanted to take over the world, thats what i would do!

emily

11/06/2009 05:33 pm

Aha! - ...Took me all of 20 seconds to realise, but the space that's been left blank (intentionally) is there to type in a question - sort of like a search-thingy - genius!

tom

11/07/2009 01:47 am

its like those signs that say 'This sign is not in use' And then you say. Well if it isn't how do I know? lol

ForrForr

11/09/2009 06:06 am

I miss "Feeling Lucky"; no more luck for me. The new look sucks and it looks like a 3 year old designed it. Oh and yea, we sure needed the instructions to figure that out i.e. "Enter" this... Forrest

Sriraj

11/09/2009 06:26 am

Did any one try moving their cursor back towards the Google Logo? Every thing seems to be back to normal then. It's only when the cursor isn't in the web page area that the 'intentionally left blank' think appears.

diane

11/10/2009 06:13 am

this fading page is really annoying, especially when some one use it 20 times a day. Why Google doesn't try this new look at it's chrome browser? Check safari, firefox or chrome - no fading pages. Trying to make regular users to move to chrome or somewhere else, just not internet explorer?

Matt

11/12/2009 05:01 pm

Google have used this loads of times over the years when they are changing something on the homepage. It's either them testing soemthing or them having a joke. It's hardly the the most intrusive thing in the world, is it?

Caligula

11/13/2009 06:13 pm

It is gay that they are putthing this here. It was bad enough that they celebrated sesame street for a frekain week. I've had it with Google. Bung holes! I need to go elsewhere for a while. They have tons of competition. Bye Google. A-holes.

regent shane

11/13/2009 07:09 pm

I see you all finally noticed that I hacked google.

regent shane

11/13/2009 07:10 pm

All your google are belong to us!

No Name

11/16/2009 02:59 am

:)) I see regent shane gettin a little too proud of himself. Anyway - it's Google's site - maybe they're fixing it - so lets wait until it's working. And as far as the comment about this not being on Firefox, and other browsers - I'm on Firefox and I've had my fair share of "this page intentionally left blank" this morning.

hahaha

11/16/2009 07:20 am

hahaha. it made me laugh, which would be the general point of it its google making a joke you crazy people;)

dbm

11/20/2009 07:04 am

It would also be fun to start with a blank page that then changes to say "this page intentionally left blank' followed by Now you have broken it.

Broken_toaster

11/24/2009 12:33 am

A forum for google... freakin AWESOME

Morgan

11/24/2009 08:14 pm

U never call people noobs nor your self a noob

saul

02/02/2010 07:39 pm

dis sucks

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