Google's Dynamic Search Menu Really Bugs Searchers

Feb 18, 2014 • 8:22 am | comments (7) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Just about a month ago, Google revamped their search filters and dropped some filters, while dynamically showing different filters and in different order based on the query. So sometimes the "images" link will be in the second position, while other times it might be the videos or shopping or maps. The top search tools change based on the query and for some users that is incredibly annoying.

Here are some examples, showing how if I search for [color flowers] the menu changes but should it?

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Personally, I am use to the image option being in the second position and I have caught myself clicking on the second link and thinking it would take me to images but take me somewhere else. So I can relate.

There is a long complaint thread at Google Web Search Help with frustrated Google searchers. One said:

Google, the design choices you guys are making are absolutely insane. Stop messing with your established products. I've been using Google search since 1998.

A Google spokesperson told us back then:

We’re always making changes to Search to help you find the most useful things more easily. Now when you search, the type of results you can select at the top of the page will vary depending on what makes sense for your search.

For example, if you search for “English to Tagalog” you’ll see ‘Apps’ that’ll help you with translation as well as ‘Books’ and ‘Shopping’ in case you’re looking to buy a printed or electronic dictionary.

I wonder if Google will switch back because honestly, it might be cool to change the order of the search filters based on query, it can be less efficient for many queries.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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02/18/2014 01:38 pm

Got to love the corporate obtuseness of the reply: -We don't like this new dynamic search menu! -Here at Google we think you love our new dynamic search menu. -No, we don't like it. It is frustrating and at times confusing. -Here at Google we think you love our new dynamic search menu. It helps you. -It doesn't help anyone! -Here at Google we think you love our new dynamic search menu.

Andre Buxey

02/18/2014 01:43 pm

Just testing CTR... jeeezzzzz

Gareth Mailer

02/18/2014 04:49 pm

They should incorporate a 'what the hell is this search result doing here' menu item. Now, THAT would be popular.

Michael Martinez

02/18/2014 05:00 pm

Their interface is turning into absolute crap. I think Google has lost touch with the "user experience mothership".


02/19/2014 12:23 pm

their interface and google chrome is become crap. Google chrome restart without notice, freezes all times, it freezes when your saving file, etc. Old google was 1 000 000 times better than now.

Courtney Cox

02/19/2014 02:06 pm

It drives me freaking nuts. The images link has been in the same place for years. I shouldn't have to pause and look before clicking it. User experience best practice says it should be where I think it is.


02/23/2014 05:25 am

I personally don't like Google Chrome much. I think Firefox is much better browser. And I agree with you that old Google was much better for searchers, advertisers, seo professionals and all. Hmmm... after all old id gold!

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