Google Image Search Testing New User Interface

Jan 18, 2013 • 8:43 am | comments (12) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

A WebmasterWorld thread has a webmaster sharing a screen shot of a Google Image Search user interface Google has been testing for the past couple months.

Here is the screen shot, you can click on it to enlarge:

Google Image Search Testing New User Interface - click for full size

It is not as extreme as the new Bing Image Search interface but webmasters won't be happy with this interface either. Why?

As Zeus says in the thread:

Once again they go against websites and try to hold the visitors on google. There must be a time where webmasters has enough of google and say thats enogh, then block google, without content no google search.

It looks great but for the webmaster, it is a bad idea - Google gets the impression, the user is likely not to click through.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Martijn Oud

01/18/2013 05:08 pm

In my opinion, Image Search is one of the worst popular Google products - UX wise. So I'm glad they are trying something new. This looks like a much quicker way to get a direct link to the image.

[J. B. cyruz]

01/18/2013 07:07 pm

No more file names when hovering over results? I can't express how utterly inconvenient that is without posting a million asterisks!


01/18/2013 09:06 pm

More screen shots...

Anonymous Coward

01/21/2013 09:14 am

much better interface:

A die hard fan of google

01/21/2013 10:32 am

Seriously, instead of looking for upgrading their good product - they should try funding to make it more better

Per Pettersson

01/21/2013 03:14 pm

I'm with you on this one Martijn. Any kind of change is more than welcome.

mr. m

01/21/2013 11:25 pm

I absolutely hate it. I can't see, if the source page cantains any other useful data that I'm looking for. Interestingly, I only get this new interface in Chrome.


01/22/2013 04:41 am

Just like the iTunes album art animation.

Marc Winter

01/25/2013 10:53 am

Do you look for quicker ways to get "direct links" to Hollywood movies and charts music too? At least you wouldn't post as shamelessly about it in the open. This is copyrighted content Google & Bing are appropriating here without consent! Imagine blog articles like this one were published in full at Google's website, with Google's ads, instead of snippets. 100% the same thing, just with text instead of image-based content.

Marc Winter

01/25/2013 10:55 am

Important question: does it HOTLINK the full-size version on the source server, or do they actually CACHE the full-size image on their own servers? I haven't been able to access the new version yet...

a web developer

01/27/2013 07:14 pm

I love the new interface. Apparently Google isn't rolling it out to the whole public just yet, my friend has it but I don't. Why do I like it? It's a hundred percent faster, host websites can no longer redirect the user, it looks and works better. I understand the complaints here of web masters who are loosing impressions, but the product works better for the end user.


02/03/2013 08:39 am

This is not fair. Google can't do that. We are not getting any traffic from google image search. Webmaster tool showing enough click to our pages. But in actual we are getting any traffic from image searches. Google adsense and google analytics are showing very low click through. However, if google continues this interface, then we are going to block all the images from our website. We will deindex all our images. Since we are not getting traffic, then why would we allow google to access our images.

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