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Google Images Gets Major Facelift

Share your thoughts on the new page if you have them, I am always curious to know what the real bona fide technical people think about developments like this.

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Google Images looks different today.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Google Images has changed overnight with a new look and layout. As a person who spends a lot of time going through images for our reports, I have to say I'm initially impressed, though it seems to need a little more tuning.

The Google Image section is laid out in a totally different manner, with solid rows of photos and artwork across the page. You can opt to view 'more results' and the number of images expands greatly, putting you in the scroll zone, which I think people accept in a general sense with Internet navigation. This request to expand the viewing area however was very slow to load on Firefox, though I think they deserve a few days tighten up their programming and run the bugs out.

The really cool thing, is that as you hover over an image, it pulls it out of the page and allows you to see the origin of the photo and a caption if there is one. Those looking for non-copyrighted images will enjoy this clearly improved aspect of Google Images.

Google isn't resistant to change; the group reminds me of a fine German car like a Mercedes Benz, where a good engineering design goes on and on, rather than always being replaced with a new look each year the way American auto manufacturers have typically operated.

Perhaps it goes back to the old saying, "If it isn't broke, don't fix it."

Personally, I didn't find myself cussing out the old image design very often, maybe once in while over dead links and that sort of thing, but it has been a great source from the time it was launched, as Google has been in an overall way since first being launched in September 1997 by Sergey Brin and Larry Page.

Since Google was launched, the homepage has been redesigned seven times. The video section changed when YouTube became part of the same company. Emphasis is always on YouTube though Google Video goes on being a viable video search engine.

Share your thoughts on the new page if you have them, I am always curious to know what the real bona fide technical people think about developments like this.

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Mike July 22, 2010 5:30 pm (Pacific time)

Steve, you can scroll to the very bottom and click "Switch to basic version" if you do not like the newer format, which it seems you don't.

Steve July 22, 2010 5:50 am (Pacific time)

oh my god! and oh my god in a not so good way! have u tried to use the new google image search!? it sucks in a million gazillion ways! 1) Images load waaaaaaaaaaaaaay slower than the old format and I'm on a 1 Mbps connection! 80% of America is at a lower speed! I know there are more images to load but you could browse through twice as many images as are displayed on one page in half the time with the old format! 2) How in the world do you scroll up and down?! Page up and page down seemed to be working before! 3) Again, how does this work on the iPhone?! how do you scroll? 4) When you use the browser back and forward buttons to go back to your image results it loads all the images all over again?! Jesus Google, forget what a cache is?! 5) When you click on an image, previously, you would see a small thumbnail at the top in a separate frame and the page would load down below. Now the same happens except a blownup version of the picture covers the entire screen and the only way to get at the website is to close that up first. Again. Oh my god. "This request to expand the viewing area however was very slow to load on Firefox, though I think they deserve a few days tighten up their programming and run the bugs out." no no! no no no no no! do you hear yourself man?! Hundreds of millions of users rely on google search everyday and this is plain exasperating. Where's the opt out feature?!

Anonymous July 21, 2010 5:55 pm (Pacific time)

Yes, its me is owned by the NSA..."The Obama Deception", by Alex Jones, had almost 7 million views and google censored it for no reason given. Then, when people like me, who actually study and research thru government de=classified documents/books by the elite, complained, there are millions of us, google put it back online. Now remember, google owns youtube, and both google and youtube said they cannot put videos back online after taking them off...Seems, as tho, they can now.. Research: "The obama deception censored" and learn more...Or, just go back to google and your friggin tv. By the way, wrong title for the documentary 'the obama deception', because obama was a small part of the documentary..bush was beat up badly should have been called, simply "the deception" We are not in Kansas anymore better wake up, because the things I have been talking about for over a decade are coming to pass, and we are in for big trouble. The Obama Deception, by Alex Jones, is a must watch. Please.

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