New iGoogle Design Upsets Users

Sep 9, 2011 • 8:12 am | comments (9) by | Filed Under Other Google Topics

iGoogle LogoiGoogle has launched a new design and it was quietly announced in the Google Web Search Help forums. The changes were summarized by Sarah H. of Google who said:

  • Collapsable Left Nav: The ability to hide the left navigation. Click on the arrow to collapse the left nav and click on it again to expand it.
  • Google Voice Search (For Chrome Users Only): You'll be able to use Google Voice Search by clicking on the microphone icon.

Sounds really nice, right?

Well, not for many. Many iGoogle users had special custom and fancy Google themes. It appears that with the layout changes, many of those custom themes just simply look bad in the new design.

One iGoogle user said:

Very unhappy about this... it has made many themes completely unusable due to the new placement of the Search field. I'm not happy about having to choose between giving up a theme I've been using for well over a year or else trying to find something else I like that won't make the new offset of the Search field so graphically off kilter with the rest of the design.

Upset also? You can do two things:

(1) Complain in the Google Web Search Help thread.

(2) Fill out this survey form specific to iGoogle's new look over here.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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