|What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Searchey||4/24/13 12:30 PM|
I used to use the page preview in Google search, where you put the mouse over the two small arrows to the right of the search result (like >>) to see what the page is before you click the result. Today it seems to have gone and all I have is a green arrow with a link to see the cached page. So, does anyone have any information or thoughts on this, I can't seem to find any information that Google has published about it?
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Jessica S.||4/24/13 3:20 PM|
As we’ve streamlined the results page, we’ve had to remove certain features, such as Instant Previews.
Instant previews saw very low usage by our users, and we’ve decided to focus on streamlining the page to benefit more users.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Ryan McBride||4/24/13 3:34 PM|
Darnit, I wish that you wouldn't remove it because it's very helpful when I want to view several sites quickly without having to load each one, or if it's some dodgy link and I don't want to actually go to the website.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Ryan McBride||4/24/13 3:37 PM|
And it probably had low usage because you freaking hid the button. Average people wouldn't even know the >> button was there until they accidentally hovered over it and clicked it. If you want people to use a feature, don't hide it from them.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Allen Turner||4/24/13 6:13 PM|
RIGHT! The little icon for previewing a page before clicking on the link was very faint to see. In fact, if your monitor's contrast setting wasn't set just perfectly, you wouldn't know it was there.
Obviously, someone at Google with a heart for the consumer invented this useful tool. It looks like he/she was fired, or overruled by the new Google, Inc. management crowd, which places income above all else. They caused the little carrot icon to become harder and harder to see, thereby reducing usage. It was then easy to accommodate the advertisers who were griping about pages not being viewed in full. Google simply axed the feature. It's as simple (and disgusting) as that.
Trying to find the closest restaurants in the Google Maps Android app puts advertisers over users as well. But that's another subject...
Why can't Google "invent" premium services for those of us who want to be treated like the "Valued Customer" we used to be treated like? We'll gladly pay for the privilege!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Lorrie Laskey||4/24/13 6:18 PM|
I am so sad to see this feature removed. Actually, shocked is the word. This is key to doing research in a timely manner so as not to open every single possible search result. What a waste of time.
I used this every day, several times a day.
Can it not be kept and enabled as needed? I don't mind doing so. Please consider re-adding it.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Lorrie Laskey||4/24/13 6:36 PM|
This is just so upsetting I have to add more than my two cents.
Come on, just because most persons don't use a feature doesn't mean there isn't a need. I really can't believe this was not useful to more people. How about finding out why? Might it have been because it couldn't be seen?
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Why Change What Ain't Broke||4/24/13 7:24 PM|
I agree with all the other folks upset by the loss of the preview feature. I used it every time I did a search to avoid clicking on irrelevant results! It was a real time-saver for doing research. It's the primary reason I use Google search over others. Guess I will be going back to using other search engines. Not happy about this at all! :(
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||mbleibermacher||4/24/13 7:56 PM|
this is no help at all to us. I agree with the other posters that previews had a great advantage in deciding whether or not to actually view the page (with a possible security risk). why don't you let real computer scientists make the decisions?
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|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||WebOptimist99||4/25/13 4:53 AM|
So disappointed to see this feature removed. I used it on a daily basis. Google doesn't seem the same without it :-(
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||mechelledesigns||4/25/13 6:09 AM|
I was wondering where this preview went. It saves me time instead of going to every page. I can narrow down what I am looking for. Please bring the preview back.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Weby||4/25/13 6:16 AM|
I thought about this last night and wondered if this might not be an opportunity in disguise. Obviously, different people search differently. Might there be a need to real research search tools?
Maybe I don't research like most people, based off of Google's reasons for removing this feature. I do mostly syntopical research. When searching for "a" subject I'll do the following. So it is vital I use this feature.
1- open multiple tabs at once and keep them open for future reference
Searching and researching are different from each other. So, even if most users don't value this feature, real researchers do.
How about real research tools like the following?
1- sessions built into Chrome
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Rafael Altheia||4/25/13 7:50 AM|
...and that "don't be evil" philosophy?
I doubt cached option is more used than instant preview, for example.
Improve layout / leave as an option / ...but please, not exclude!
Hope you can hear us.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Icky_Thump||4/25/13 8:59 AM|
I agree with all the commemorators. It was a great idea and I used it all the time for efficiency of not having load unnecessary pages while searching and for getting a sneak peek at questionable links. It was just not well implemented as it was not always easy to find it. Even just now with it being gone, I was searching around thinking 'what am I doing wrong?' in trying to mouse over it and get it to show up.
Please bring it back, let us turn it on and use it.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Muhammad abd alfattah||4/25/13 9:02 AM|
I think you stop it because it make people find what they want fast
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Lorrie Laskey||4/25/13 9:16 AM|
Streamlining does include lack of concern for users. Tell users it a service has gone away so we don't waste our time trying to determine what is wrong.
All of us eventually found our way to this page but only after having to search. Such a waste of time and lack of concern for others.
If Google turns something off, how about if they post a pop up for a short time so we know?
Just because they know what is going on doesn't mean that we do.
This shows such a lack of regard for other's time. Free or not, this is unprofessional.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||fmlibrarian||4/25/13 9:18 AM|
Both the page preview and quick PDF view features were extremely useful ways to assess search results quickly AND more securely. I literally used them every day! Why not let users have more choice in the features they would like to have available to them? I for one would happily opt for a little extra "clutter" on my search results page in exchange for features I see as key and have come to rely upon. It is also ironic that you are running a trial on Google Mobile Search - http://insidesearch.blogspot.com/2013/04/making-your-mobile-search-faster_16.html - of Quick View which ultimately is a page preview option!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Allen Turner||4/25/13 9:55 AM|
Bottom line folks is that Google does not directly make its money from we the consumers. They indirectly make money from us by the page views and clicks we make within pages. The advertisers and website owners write checks to Google, Inc.. Not the end consumer. Dollars will always win out over customer care...every time.
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|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Paul djpromos||4/25/13 10:22 AM|
I too miss that feature. This may help... If your using the ff web browser, search for "preview page" addon. There are several that will give you the ability to see a snapshot of the link. Then, add the extension to your browser. I found Cool Previews and Search Previews to name two. Extensions/addons are the way to go fellows. Google can then streamline it's search results for faster use and we can still have our previews as well.
Hope you find this useful.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||ValyaS||4/25/13 1:02 PM|
It was EXTREMELY useful!!!
Along with the explicit "Cached" link!
Both features allowed quick browsing of search results, saved few extra clicks as well as significant time: it was several seconds quicker than opening and closing a useless result page.
Additionally, these features decreased stress on users' hands! :(You'll hear me, young Google folks, in a few years, when YOUR hands will hurt :(.
You could, at least, make it optional and not default.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Lorene Roberts||4/25/13 1:09 PM|
I think more people than you think used this feature. Without preview, we'll have to click on every single entry, which is a huge, huge waste of time. Way to go Google, you'll probably lose a lot of users over this one, me for one.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Rafael Altheia||4/25/13 1:25 PM|
I asked my PARENTS if they use that function.
They never heard about it.
Obvious.. layout was terrible. They never saw that option...
MAYBE that's why so few people had used...
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Lorrie Laskey||4/25/13 1:34 PM|
I believe they wouldn't see it. It was light gray on a white background, one of the worst color combinations to use if visibility is important, almost as bad as yellow on white.
The feature was almost impossible to see from the beginning. I wonder if Google ever really wanted it to succeed.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||incola||4/25/13 1:49 PM|
I know why you've done this - it is so that people are forced to click on every page before they find the right one. But please could you bring the cached feature back. Even the one that limped with the ctrl+ F was better than nothing.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||mymeloday||4/25/13 2:06 PM|
Please add it back... I used it on a daily basis, and used it for research, and it saves me a ton of time.. And this is coming from a sleep-deprived student. I was so shocked to see that it was gone last night when I was trying to look up some information..
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Lisa Rollins||4/25/13 3:20 PM|
I agree - I so need the preview option back; used many times a day. Searching is so much slower now. I can adjust to the different cached button, but really need the previews back!! Now, without the previews, I would consider using some of the other search engines, whereas a couple days ago, wouldn't have even considered using anything but Google. Am actually distressed about losing this. :(
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|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||DaveGX||4/25/13 5:31 PM|
aI just wanna say ehre that like everybody else disappointed with this feature being gone, I as well am EXTREMELY upset by this because it was the only thing actually saving me time to find the very specific things I look up, poasibly saving me from false, inaccurate, harmful webpages. The cache arrow link bit doesn't help me 1 freaking bit! This whole mess about "we needed to do this and that because it saw low usage" is a laod of crap; You don't punish users by taking features away because it's not being used highly, you impliment features to help people identify or make better use of it! We should be allowed a petition to bring this feature back for those of us who actually liked it and knew how to use it, and allow it as an option because i'm well aware that there were a good heft of complainers who disliked it as well!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Allen Turner||4/25/13 6:07 PM|
Thank-you Paul for this information. I will use my FIREFOX browser with the ADD-ON that's available for utilizing "page previews" in Google Instant Search. It's a shame that Google doesn't allow useful Add-on's in its "LABS" section. Thanks again! -Allen in Chicagoland
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Lazerman121||4/25/13 6:31 PM|
:( its been 1 day and I already miss it :(
There is only a few options under search settings It would not hurt to put this one there as well.
this is the kind of thing that should be put there.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Gwen Holloway||4/25/13 6:44 PM|
No, no, no, no, no! This was one of the only things keeping me from being lured to Bing. I love the preview feature b/c I often checkout the page before opening it. Don't get rid of the features that keep Google above and beyond the competition - keep them to keep users. Please bring it back.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Hannah Nebl||4/25/13 7:55 PM|
Please, please, please bring that back!! I used that almost every time I searched with Google. Perhaps you would see more usage if the option was more visible instead of the button only appearing on a hover over..? In fact, I enjoyed the feature so much, that if Bing has something similar to it, I'd switch over... :-/
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Stephen Hallman||4/25/13 9:35 PM|
I used to use the "see more results from this site" function daily. Now I am looking for an alternative search engine because of this. It was one of the best tools that google search offered.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Zac Drennan||4/25/13 10:17 PM|
I must say that this was one of the main features that makes me use Google over Bing. It was very handy, and I used it quite a lot. I will miss it a lot. I like Bing, but this was one thing that Google always had as an advantage over Bing, so I'm very sorry to see it go.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||santonia||4/26/13 3:11 AM|
It's a shame Google removed this feature, it saved hours and hours for roaming in irrelevant pages, preview gave you the idea of the content.people didnt use it because you had hide it short off, so bring it back at least as an option for us who miss it awfuly
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||dcklondon||4/26/13 3:19 AM|
I can only echo the sentiments expressed by others in this thread. The preview tool was vital to the way I used Google search. Its removal has resulted in me spending tons of time searching how to re-enable it (because I thought I had somehow accidentally disabled it). Even finding the appropriate forum to air this concern took ages! There could have at least been some sort of notice that it was being removed. That would have been just basic common courtesy.
If the feature was not being used by a critical mass, then perhaps Google should first determine why. Maybe it was due to the feature not receiving sufficient promotion or being displayed prominently enough. To jump to the conclusion that it isn't worthwhile shows a worrying lack of forethought and treats users with, at best, indifference; at worst, arrogance and contempt.
Finally, I couldn't agree more with suggestions to keep the preview as a user-determined opt-in. For those of us who used it every time we searched (and I did!), this decision has made using Google a far less satisfying experience.
A big two thumbs down for you Google.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Catherine Boyle||4/26/13 3:33 AM|
I used this feature all the time and everyday. It is so frustrating and time consuming searching without it. Please bring it back even as an option which you can choose!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Jerzy||4/26/13 4:34 AM|
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||РК-1207||4/26/13 7:45 AM|
Extremely dissatisfied that google removed the preview pages, I think it is useful and necessary function to quickly find information. And the most important thing that this useful feature was removed deliberately, without asking the opinions of community.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||fmlibrarian||4/26/13 7:47 AM|
On top of everything else, the green arrow with the link to the cached page doesn't even show up if the URL is extra long!
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|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Paul Westin||4/26/13 10:22 AM|
You're also now completely wasting a large portion of the results page.
Why are search descriptions wrapped at ~85 characters leaving the rest blank?
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Allen Turner||4/26/13 12:43 PM|
I hope Google finds something better to do with the empty page space than what BING has done. Bing fills it with adds for products and services. Also you get little pop-ups on their search engine pushing Microsoft products. So annoying. I avoid BING like a plague! One good thing still in Google's favor is the "Google Instant" feature of their search engine. Now that Google Page Previews is gone, Google Instant is the only thing left that's preventing me from trying to find a new default search provider.
-Allen in Chicago
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Thomas P.||4/26/13 2:45 PM|
One more thing
: Google was the Search Engine leader from 1998 to 2013 - That's 15 years! & thus one hell of an achievement!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Vladimir Kravtsov||4/26/13 2:55 PM|
Очень удобная и полезная функция
я безмерно страдаю от того что ее удали
и был бы абсолютно счастлив если бы ее вернули
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||QuondamProlix||4/26/13 3:15 PM|
IMO, Google's recent efforts at streamlining their products, results page, search tools (e.g. burying FlightSearch) and operators (e.g. [around(n)] or [~]) are stripping away the features that used to make Google the best choice for advanced users. I find it very frustrating.
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|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||BringBackPreviews||4/26/13 3:35 PM|
Google instant previews made my work research so easy and efficient. With those gone I have no reason to continue to use Google exclusively. I might as well search on any other site for all the good it does me now. You just lost my click through revenue. Congrats from one of the "few" users who used the almost hidden feature.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Thomas P.||4/26/13 3:48 PM|
AutoComplete is a feature related to Browsers' form-field history. Google has actively destructed/obstructed that for users since around late Mar.2012
* See thread: "google complete=0 don't work anymore, can normal user disable autosuggestions???"
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Katie Candido||4/26/13 4:27 PM|
I am SO upset about the loss of the preview option. I used this on a daily basis, and it is such a timesaver. I will be checking out Bing now... REALLY hoping Google will reenable this feature, or make it an option you can turn on in your settings!!!!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Damo0||4/27/13 1:45 AM|
Google should have advanced the instant preview, not removed it.
i want to see a thumbnail against ALL my results as standard, and rollover to see a live frame. not to go backwards and look identical to bing - having to click back on all the lame stores pretending to be review sites.
and worse now, i have an ADDITIONAL CLICK to share or see cached.
i recommended to all my friends to use preview as it protects them from clicking on dodgy sites for security.
now it means terrible sites will get more clicks. i hope google didnt do this to increase revenue from these types of sites, as its will be at the expensive of the users experience.
previews was the future for internet search results. it should not become the past!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||MrSean||4/27/13 1:53 AM|
OMG. If anyone doesn't know, when a company says they're "streamlining X" it is very bad news.
Anyway...Google...what exactly have you added?
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||MrSean||4/27/13 1:57 AM|
Also! "More results from..." has been removed too! For example, type into google something like "yahoo answers driving a car", now do you see how there are sub links to similar questions under the main link? Well before "streamlining", there would be a link saying "show more results", leading to an entire google page all dedicated to that question. Now that option is gone too.
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|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Jvianney||4/27/13 6:26 AM|
Yeah! The button to preview the website wasn't even visible on a couple of our monitors until you hovered over it. it's no wonder this feature didn't see much use.
This feature was a huge timesaver, and security help, too. We liked being able to see what kind of website we might be running into. We are SOOO disappointd that Google removed this feature! They should make it and optional feature that users can turn on if desired.
Google, please bring this back!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Ingrid Tobekk||4/27/13 6:39 AM|
When searching for the missing preview today, I came across a website from 2010 where they where trying to find a way to get rid of Googles preview - because if we (the users)don't like what we see in the preview, we don't click/visit that site...
Maybe Google has been paid to take it away????
I have saved hours every day by looking at the preview, it is also a great way to avoid potential bad sites.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, Google, put preview back as soon as possible, as an option for all of us who like it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Matty McDonnell||4/27/13 6:53 AM|
Dang... Stupid users, I liked that feature a lot! :-(
Actually, I think another user here made a good point; the button was kinda hidden. If it were made more visible to users it would probably see a lot more usage. The preview was an excellent feature, and very useful. It saved me an awful lot of time and hassle. Google has really taken a step backwards. Should've simply improved the feature, not gotten rid of it.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Matty McDonnell||4/27/13 6:56 AM|
Seems to me it isnt a case of "streamlining", as much as simply removing all the cool features Google had.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Thomas P.||4/27/13 12:53 PM|
Streamlining means cutting costs, while decline in revenue isn't suffering as much.
- i.e. Google delivering an inferior product to you, is good for thier earnings.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Mindy C. Jones||4/27/13 2:19 PM|
Ugh, huge bummer :-( I used instant previews all the time.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Zjack||4/27/13 2:46 PM|
Bad move Google, Instant Preview was a great tool. I am finding it a bit hard to swallow Instant Preview saw low usage. Perhaps people did not know it existed... ever think of that? Maybe if there were more than >> alerting you to instant preview usage would be higher. A button with the caption "Instant Preview" to draw attention to it. Really Google with all the developers employed not one could come up with a scheme to draw attention to Instant Preview? Big Fail Google!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||diane lee||4/27/13 3:20 PM|
I liked and used page preview all the time ! Now it's gone, I am highly annoyed at this. It would be nice to get google and chrome update notices via email, so we can at least know WHY our favorite features are being taken away. :(
I don't like my choices being taken away all the time.....why does google keep doing this ??? *grumbling*
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||mafstitch||4/27/13 3:33 PM|
This is terrible news. I used this page preview so often. It allowed me to presearch a page to see it it was what I wanted, but also, most of all, I could check to see if it was a page that was safe to open. I am hoping you will bring it back as an option at least! Thank you
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Thomas P.||4/27/13 5:39 PM|
Google changed their Search Engine Results Page (again)
Google & Bing are now same, but not same.
And if Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Bing should be very flattered by the most recent Google changes to SERP (SERP: Search Engine Results Page).
Google Web Search: Loved features gone.
1. Instant preview (gone, now)
2. Quick View (gone, now)
3. Blocked sites (gone, recently - though defunct for ca. 1 year before termination)
4. Cache keyword Highlighting (gone, when over HTTPS/signed-in)
5. Clean copyable & Bookmarkable URLs (long gone)
6. Browser's AutoComplete (blocked by Google, long ago)
So, for Search & Display, then:
Google over Bing?
- Google shows pictures of Authors for some of results, thereby breaking indentation without providing value.
Bing over Google?
- Cache keyword Highlighting.
- Clean copyable & Bookmarkable URLs. (which btw also means Bing navigation is faster)
- Browser's AutoComplete (works fine w. the search box)
I tried the search [ Google OS Blog DMCA ] ; Note! I did this only as a first test 2 days ago, and results are now different.
Looking for any of 4 parts of the Blog-serie: "A Bogus DMCA Takedown Request" (by Google OS Blog), hosted on the Google Blogger platform.
Relevant results, rankings?
Though! Google also, at #8, gave: "A Bogus DMCA Takedown Request (Part 3) | ChromeBytes"
- that #8 (on chromebytes.com) is Scraped content!
Is Bing Better?
For casual searching, then Bing may already be a match, and might soon be better.
For deep searches (using advanced search operators), then Bing's index is still smaller than Google's.
I will, for casual searching, be trying out Bing as my primary choice of search engine.
Bing always give me:
* Cache keyword Highlighting
* Clean copyable & Bookmarkable URLs
* Browser's AutoComplete (which Google actively blocks)
Google always give me:
* Pictures of Authors for some results' (breaks indentation in SERP)
BTW: For those not stopping doing only casual searches w. Bing, but ventures into advanced/deep searches w. Bing - then
: Be gentle - Bing is still in Beta.
And then some helpful pointers for you:
* Advanced search options
* Advanced search keywords
* Bing Query Language ; This one is more Devlopers' related.
Note! So far: I'd recommend DuckDuckGo which (except for the issue of indexed volume) - is the best general Search Engine on WWW today.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Allen Turner||4/27/13 7:29 PM|
I think the B*ng search engine is already capitalizing on Google's horrible decision to remove the "Page Preview" function. I was looking for the 20% Kohls shopping coupon today. Typed "Kohls 20% coupon" into Google search and was presented with the usual spoof, spam and garbage sites. I really missed not having a way to preview each site result, as I have become accustomed to doing. I got upset/frustrated and repeated the search in B*ng just to see what would happen. Lo and behold, the first 3 results were all actual honest-to-goodness Kohls coupons! I printed out one and went shopping.
B*ng didn't use to be this good at providing quality results. Since they spider the web looking for competitors' weaknesses, I'm willing to wager that Micros*ft/B*ng will be taking advantage of this MAJOR Google Search feature omission and raking in a ton of new loyal customers. That's what I would do!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||millerd55||4/27/13 8:40 PM|
it was a terrible decision by Google to remove instant preview.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Barbara Starr||4/27/13 9:14 PM|
I suspect, along with "low usage" the instant preview feature may have utilized valuable screen real estate that would far better serve google wrt (with respect to) their knowledge graph displays. (Or screen real estate demarcations for such type's - or related intent wrt user inquiries - on Google's part - meaning knowledge graph displays - the ultimate answer content served up in terms of behaving as an "answer engine" rather than a "search" engine for many classes of user search queries)
In many respects, Instant Previews did compete for screen real estate, and that alone would make it a logical reason for Google to retire Instant previews. The knowledge graph is still in its infancy in terms of what information to serve and how to serve it and present it to users, but I reckon the where (as to where on the screen the information should apear) is a fait accompli, hence an additional motivation to retire instant previews :)
Just a random thought, but I do see some fairly logical trails here!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||PaulSalter||4/28/13 2:14 AM|
I didn't use this feature much, mostly because I kept forgetting it was there
If developers (not just Google here) are going to continue with this design of bright white background with light grey text/symbols on them, then expect people to not use the feature
make a screen so it's easy to see what you need to do, don't hide them away in a colour similar to the background
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||wokndadog||4/28/13 7:12 AM|
Another great idea SCRAPPED... (probably so google can PUSH MORE ADS)
I'll be investigating other search engines with the hope of finding one that offers a similar feature.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||wokndadog||4/28/13 7:55 AM|
I agree and share in your disappointment.
Perhaps if enough users follow suite and switch search engines, google will realize the error of their ways.
There is no doubt in my mind that they have disabled this magnificent tool, out of greed. Follow the money and you will learn why it is gone or perhaps if they were paid to have it disabled. This was a great tool to use when investigating malicious/spam email, perhaps the big money spam syndicates helped play a hand in getting rid of the feature.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||james gray||4/28/13 9:36 AM|
I miss the old search results which includes previewing the web page before entering and the right hand search section! I am going to check out Bing and Firefox immediately!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Thomas P.||4/28/13 12:44 PM|
>>I would much rather them take back the stupid new summary thing on the right side of the screen. <<
That's called the "Knowledge Panel", and ... yes, it gives dubious information.
Though! You gave me an idea: If once in a while there (below the "Knowledge Panel") clicking "Feedback/More info", and then clicking "Wrong?" on a piece of infomation shown, then: Feeding Google incorrect flags (flaging correct as incorrect), will give Google problems in their crowd-sourcing their Knowledge Graph.
If a sufficent amount of people obstructs mother Google's eating habits like that, then Google could be forced to change their ways.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||C L M||4/28/13 9:44 PM|
That feature was absolutely necessary to save time and avoid scuzzy, spammy, fake sites!!
If you can't protect users for such site the least you can do is help us help ourselves with a PREVIEW!!!
So MAD this feature is gone.
Guess what I'm clicking less links now because I just can't/won't risk it!!!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||cbgd3030||4/28/13 11:31 PM|
Yes - Bring it back !! That instant preview kept me a google user.. don't make me become a binger or yahooer !!!! This was really a time-saving feature, what are they thinking??
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||doc ny||4/28/13 11:44 PM|
Yep, I don't know why Google seems to be setting itself on a downward path by taking out it's key and useful features lately.
The last feature I lost was the automatic previews of certain Picture or Image File when searching. It would show a larger Size with it's Resolution indicated at the bottom of each image as I clicked on that picture for instant preview. Now, I (or we) have to click several steps to get the same result, because Google decided to move that feature under a new Tool Bar/Menu which results in clicking several steps. I do a lot of image searches accross the web, and Google just made my life harder which resulted to extra time wasted 'coz of extra steps we now have to take.
And now, taking away Instant Preview!? That's one way of pushing users away...
Is Google taking that same page from Microsoft? hmmm.... I hope not.
I totally understand simplicity and clean page. That is the same reason why I stick with you instead of Bing, Firefox, Internet Explorer and etc.
I think I've said enough, and I hope my point got across. And hopefully it is useful to you by providing a better product (by offering Options of Customization of Features, instead of moving, hiding, or taking them away).
For now I'll bear with it until I'm losing alot of key features, then it's goodbye Google and hello replacement browser and search engine(s).
(I'm inline with the majority of the people's opinions around here. Just my own 5 cents, since it's waaay more than 2 cents. ^_^)
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Damo0||4/29/13 3:32 AM|
spotted this page from their launch in 2010.
"In our testing, we’ve found that people who use Instant Previews are about 5% more likely to be satisfied with the results they click."
rubbish, i was 500% more satisfied with all my search clicks.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Debbie Churchill||4/29/13 5:21 AM|
Please re-consider! This was such a useful feature. I'm wasting so much time now having to follow links to websites I've got no interest in visiting.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||malogos||4/29/13 6:05 AM|
Yes, "streamlining": substituting extremely useful features with nothing.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||one&another||4/29/13 7:32 AM|
I used this feature a lot as well and I missed it a lot. How reliable have we become on free services such as google.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||pfcjandco||4/29/13 8:03 AM|
The recent feature changes suck. I used instant previews quite a bit.
What I used more, all the time really, was the additional results from a given web site. It's a pain to go type in site:.
Google you used to be the greatest thing on earth. Like others have said things have been going down hill for a while.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Sstewart||4/29/13 8:35 AM|
WWWHHHHYYYYY???!!!!! I loved that feature!! It saved a lot of time clicking on each page only to find out it wasn't what I was looking for. I've seen the Bing commercial where they are doing the street interviews asking people which search engine they prefer. I always yell at the tv that I prefer Google simply because of this feature! Is there any chance Google will bring it back?
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Ingrid Tobekk||4/29/13 2:00 PM|
Could it be an idea to create a Facebook account (group/page/profile) where people can click Like, to see how many who really know about this?
Call it something like "Google Instant Preview -Bring it back".
Or are there other ideas to bring this out to the hordes????
How many find this forum? I searched a long time before I found it....
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||hunter99||4/29/13 3:42 PM|
Another good feature removed. Too bad.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Josh Ashwood||4/29/13 6:00 PM|
You are starting to show signs of a company that is no longer by tech people, but is run by sales and marketing.
I am now forced to switch to Bing for a lot of technical searches due to the 'more results' feature being removed.
There is ** NO WAY IN HELL ** developers would have recommended you remove this.
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|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Josh Ashwood||4/29/13 7:54 PM|
I was not complaining about page previews... i was complaining about the removal of the 'more results from..' links which seems to have simultaneously to this change.
But since we're on the topic - web pages contain malicious code. Does that mean we should shut down the entire internet?
And what percentage of previews contained this malicious intent... does it justify removing the entire feature?
I would argue not.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Thomas P.||4/29/13 8:01 PM|
The cracked website you reference (the WebMasters Thread reference) doesn't really have anything to do with the Instant Preview feature by Google, other that the obvious: Instant Preview gave a preview of what the site looked like, infected or clean.
In fact, the Instant Preview has worked as a great security feature for Google users - because no code from an infected website reaches the client.
Besides, I've never ever heard of one single incident where an infected site, had an infection targeted only the Instant Preview crawler (nor can I see any reason why any cracker would attempt doing so).
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Josh Ashwood||4/29/13 8:06 PM|
I have resigned myself to the fact that, eventually, even the best tech companies will fall into the soul destroying grip of accountants and marketing managers.
You can work for start-ups for the rest of your life or just swallow it.
But with Google it's just painful to see it happening.
Breaks my heart...
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Allen Turner||4/29/13 8:19 PM|
What's really perplexing is that GOOGLE must be seeing how APPLE is deteriorating because of its lack of innovation and customer care. I can't believe that Google sees this downgrading of Apple and a host of other companies, yet decides to become more like them. A good fighter will knock out the opponent when he's staggering. Instead of delivering a knock-out blow to Microsoft's BING, has decided to become more like BING.... less flavor, less pizzaz.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||struftepete gure||4/29/13 8:22 PM|
Yes, I had the same experience and even thought some other recently updated java software or browser issues were to blame for the loss of that feature.
I just can't believe what I found out here.
Bring it back Google!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Thomas P.||4/29/13 8:30 PM|
Know that Google's market share in many parts of the world is that of a monopoly - And that such conditions generally causes nasty scrutiny. (being a monopoly has serious drawbacks, so that's not desirable condition at a global level).
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|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Josh Ashwood||4/29/13 9:34 PM|
Do you work for Google Dingus?
Before, you were saying it was to do with malware... now you are talking about 'spotty connectivity'...
Which is it?
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Thomas P.||4/29/13 9:37 PM|
Bad connectivity, or broken on-the-fly is not a vunerability, - but that the user experience suffer from such, is obvious.
Though: Going from "mostly working" to "not at all" - is not what I'd consider an improvement.
I guess Jessica's reply about "streamlining" is sort of correct: Everyone now sees nothing for everything.
Google Product Search?!? I wasn't even aware that Instant Preview was a part of that: I've never used Google Product Search for anything (I use Amazon, or search for more local vendors via an ordinary WebSearch).
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Josh Ashwood||4/29/13 9:46 PM|
Seems this conversation is going nowhere
thanks for the chat guys cya
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||TheEgg||4/30/13 2:02 AM|
*DING* *DING* *DING*. lol. 100% RIGHT !!! Its like google's engineers are book smart, but not common sense smart.
I had trouble finding the button at first, but once I found it, I found the preview to be very helpful.
I hate how google gets rid of (or refuses to implement) such useful things, yet continues to push things that I have no use for.
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|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Xippit||4/30/13 4:27 AM|
Unfortunately, I'm sure this feature was abused to show inaccurate website previews, which is probably one of the main reasons Google is scrapping the feature.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Damo0||4/30/13 4:28 AM|
great idea ingrid. make a page!
took me ages to find this as well.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Mario Neiva||4/30/13 7:42 AM|
Like many others I too thought I messed up and was trying to re-activate the preview feature. I took me a while to find this place (I had no preview to figure out if I was on the right track) where I could find out what was going on. It was such a useful feature.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||skbryan||4/30/13 10:31 AM|
I am DYING without Instant Preview and the old way the cached pages used to show up. PLEASE google, give us a choice! Does anyone have any work arounds or can you suggest another search engine that will work like google search used to? That little down arrow is worse than worthless for power users.
PLEASE FIX this GOOGLE. I am begging. Desparately need those tools back they way they were.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||12stringls||4/30/13 12:10 PM|
The OBVIOUS advantage of previews is avoiding unwanted sites such as PORNO of all things. How is it google does not perceive this?!
The fact all these comments have surfaced on this link is proof this preview pages was far more popular than google wants to admit. Method of determining usage of preview pages was poor at best. What was the outcome….. 25 don't use vs 24 do use? Did a simple majority determine the decision?! The point raised earlier about the gray arrows >> being hard to find was an excellent one. Why did google hide this function in first place?! I only stumbled on them several months ago.
And here I was, thinking the web providers were all about being more user friendly, customer oriented and intuitive. Previews offer choice to avoid garbage rather than more professional sites quickly. Many of my selections are determined by the professional appearance of a site.
Looks like google leaning toward advertisers, not consumers. Bad choice. Will not pay off in the future as these sorts of decisions have been reversed with other corporates. At least optional preview is preferable.
I'm going to another browser until google sees the light?! It's not always about the money!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||skbryan||4/30/13 12:38 PM|
Totally agree with you. Wish there was another search engine that worked like the OLD google did. I would pay for this functionality. I believe more people didn't use it simply because they didn't know how or how powerful the functionality was. The new search parameters suck.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Ingrid Tobekk||4/30/13 2:40 PM|
Damo0, thanks. I did it.... I created a page at Facebook.
Please click LIKE at the Facebook page if you want the Instant Preview back...
"Google Instant Preview - Bring it back"
I hope this is right. I've never done it before, so please advise if it's wrong ;)
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|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Stacey Illingworth||5/1/13 12:24 PM|
I used instant previews every single day! It was a big reason why I only use Google to search. I am VERY disappointed that you took this important feature out! You could at least give users the option to enable this feature, you do with other features. Some people actually rely on this feature every day. I always recommended Google/Google Chrome but now not so sure if I want to continue using it myself as you seem to have such little regard for us! Not impressed!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Ingrid Tobekk||5/1/13 2:17 PM|
I hope many many people will click LIKE on the Facebook page created only for this case, and please, all of you visting this site, please click LIKE on Facebook... :)
GOOGLE INSTANT PREVIEW - BRING IT BACK
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Dazz R||5/1/13 7:54 PM|
The preview was the best part, this is why I used google to search, removing it is just plain stupid- having a better highlighted button for it would help users know its there- as others mentioned.
Without preview it takes much longer to look at the content to see if it is what i may need- in my job I dont have tiime to check every page, preview was great.
BRING IT BACK you turkeys!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||kim pewh||5/1/13 11:12 PM|
Please bring it back, I thort i'd done something to my settings! Goh! It was a great and helpful feature! As i always empty my cache i definitely dont use that feature. so PLEASE allow us to enable it ourselves
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||edwin Giraldo||5/2/13 10:34 AM|
WHY!!!!!! OHHHH - the humanity!!!
That was so useful - I can't imagine people didn't use it...
Well I guess we'll have to do without..keep rockin' you awesome people you!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Magda Luchter||5/2/13 11:05 AM|
I also used google cache and liked it. It was very useful for anybody who cared about web site results on the Internet. It is a pity Google does not see things the user way....
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|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||RebeccaGroupNameTaken||5/2/13 11:15 AM|
On Thursday, May 2, 2013 1:11:56 PM UTC-5, RebeccaGroupNameTaken wrote:
> i just googled the phrase "add value" (in quotes) and the top result is a wikipedia page titled: "value added". that doesn't match my search criteria, so why is that page at the top of the results list? well, i could mouse over the grey arrows to bring up a preview which reveals my search terms except, oh yeah, PREVIEWS DON'T EXIST ANYMORE. so, now, i have to go to each page and ctrl+f to find the phrase on that page. thanks, google, for subtracting value from your product.
UPDATE: i went to the page in wikipedia and ctrl+f for "add value" (in quotes) and the phrase doesn't even appear on the page! at all! nowhere! in the top result! C'MON GOOGLE!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Stefano Visani||5/2/13 11:35 AM|
Yes Muhammad, I think you are absolutely right.
So we need some smart company to create a search engine with Peviews and I bet they can compete against Google, if they won't be back.
Anyway, this tells you how much we can trust Google, their mission and bullshit item 1 Customers' first (of course, I forgot, we are users, not customers...)
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Stefano Visani||5/2/13 12:09 PM|
Dear Allen you're deadly right: users bring in no money, customers do. But customers will buy only (or mostly) where most users go.
I do hope a smart company will create a serach engine with the Instant Preview in and then we'll see if the "streamlined" version of Google will go on running.
I have no words, anyway, for the amount of lies one can read in the Mission page of Google's web site. I do hope web people will punish Google very hard for their arrogance and dishonesty.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Kathy Ruiz||5/2/13 2:59 PM|
I relied on this feature daily and hate to click on most links until I had seen the Preview. Most of the time if I could not view a Preview I would not select that link. Just scrolling over to see the Preview helped me to make up my mind if I thought it was a true link or something else. How can Google tell if users are using this feature or not? I think removing this feature was not a good idea.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Josh Ashwood||5/2/13 3:37 PM|
Instant feature has probably been removed to reserve space on the right hand side for advertising.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||AKSoapy29||5/2/13 6:17 PM|
I used this feature every single day. It is also good for school, so you don't click on something that would void the schools policy, or something that you didn't want to see. I agree with others that this feature should be re-enabled, and even as an option to a user. Google will probably not re-enable it for us, because that obviously have other things they need to work on...
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Julie P.||5/3/13 10:10 AM|
I, too, was reliant on this feature and am extremely frustrated by the time that's been tacked back on to my searches. Not since the omission of the cached highlighted keywords (another bygone time saver) have I been so irritated. It feels like Google is toying w/its users to dangle wonderful, innovative features in front of them only to snatch them away in due time. Moreover, the explanation lacks reason: how does removing Instant Preview streamline the results page when, as noted by other commenters, the double arrow to choose it was elusive??
I wasn't asked if I used Instant Preview; if I had been, I would've voraciously informed Google that it's become an integral part of my searches. The number of commenters here should be of enough value to at least offer it as an option. I only hope the Facebook Page convinces them to reinstate it.
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|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||skbryan||5/4/13 12:12 PM|
Dingus, speed without substance in a search engine is useless to me, to most people I would think.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Disgruntled McAnnoyed||5/4/13 7:15 PM|
I am REALLY disappointed to find this feature missing. I assumed it was actually because my internet explorer updated itself recently & probably had lost the capability to disply through some sort of "bug." So I was (Googling) hoping to find out how to turn it back on, and instead discovered that GOOGLE has taken it away from us...
Maybe you Google folks should keep track of how many people are Googling things like "What happened to Google Preview" - ?!?!!! That might give you some indication of how upset people are/were.
I agree it was not an obvious feature - I found it by accident one day. I then used it in ALL of my web searches. It was a *HUGE* time-saver and I agree that it was also a way to protect onself from visiting suspicious-looking sites, too.
I also agree that the only possible reason you could have taken it away was a financial one. While that sucks for me, I understand your company needs to make money. But you're really shooting yourself in the foot with this one. I liked the feature so much that I'd even be willing to do something that is probably "financially rewarding" for you to have it - like switch to using Google Chrome (not sure if that helps your bottom line) or pay a SMALL fee to have access to this feature. (I'm poor - it would have to be VERY SMALL - but I'd definitely spend $10 a year or something like that to get it back.) OR FIND A COMPETITOR OF YOURS WITH THE FEATURE AND USE THEIR SITE INSTEAD. Basically, I'd do just about anything to get this back & I think it's disgusting you removed it.
You are not trying to make it easier for people to access info on the information superhighway AT ALL. Technology should speed up our lives, and this is just plain silly to take away a time-saver like this.
**Related to above feature about how I'd be willing to pay a small fee for this - a perfect marketing strategy for you guys would be to re-instate the feature, make it really obvious/prominent/visible so that EVERYONE notices it, starts using it, and GETS HOOKED and once you've got the whole population where they can't live without it, introduce it as a paid feature. (Those of us who were aware of it would probably be willing to pay ALREADY - but all those people who didn't realize it existed would also probably be willing to pay so you need to get them hooked first, too.)
(Really, I can't believe I am giving you advice on how to financially screw over the public - one of the great things about Google has always been that it was free. But I *loved* that feature, and if this is a move about your bottom line - well, it's clear you have NO business sense which is why I am giving you this idea.)
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE bring this back.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Henry D'Hennin||5/5/13 3:01 AM|
Surfing the web without it is a pain in the....
It was my favourite option in Google :(
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Dixie Pape||5/5/13 8:08 AM|
Getting rid of Instant Preview really creates a low pressure area, to put it nicely. I used this all time. I hadn't heard that Google was doing away with it...just noticed one day that the >> icons were no longer showing up, which had me thinking either something was wrong with my computer or that I had accidentally turned it off somehow and then eventually found this page. I agree with the masses here, that it was a very useful tool and that at the very least it should be an option for those of us that would like to use it.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Allen Turner||5/5/13 12:56 PM|
It makes you heartsick when you see that this information is still posted (as of May 5, 2013) at Googles' main page for Website Developers...
Instant Previews are page snapshots that allow users to get a glimpse of the layout of the web pages behind each search result, in order to help them decide whether or not to click a link.
To see an Instant Preview, hover your cursor over a result. Then hover over the arrows that appear next to the result to see a visual preview of that result. For some previews, highly relevant parts of the page will appear in text call-out boxes over the preview image to help you see where your query appears on the page. Some results may not have previews available.
Instant Preview are extremely useful to users and can help them decide whether or not to click on your site in the search results. You can, however, specify that Google should not display Instant Preview for your page, in which case neither the text snippet nor the preview will appear."
-Allen in Chicago
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||incola||5/5/13 1:16 PM|
What is interesting is that Google's Jess said that this feature was used so little, that Google had decided to scrap it - I think the real story is that researchers looking for good and well-ywritten information were bypassing the obviously bad to get to the good which of course, Google doesn't want. In spite of their "quality is all" mantra, it is not in their financial interests. So now we have to 'click' on everything to find what we are looking for.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Run2Eat||5/5/13 2:04 PM|
yes -- like i said earlier this week: results don't match the search terms. google decides what constitutes a match based on their interpretation of my search terms.
from earlier this week.....
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Julianna.S Love||5/5/13 3:49 PM|
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||ElisaDelhi||5/5/13 9:52 PM|
So disappointed. Don't understand why you would remove something so valuable. Now I have to open each page to see what I want, adding incredible amount of time to search. You now have empty real estate on half of search page. Decision makes no sense to me and it makes you seem more like Bing.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||RebeccaGroupNameTaken||5/6/13 7:55 AM|
not only are previews gone, but search results are less helpful. for instance, i just googled "word import style tags" and got a ton of hits on adobe indesign. i didn't even mention indesign and don't want indesign. i want word, as in microsoft word. i don't think my query was poorly phrased. so... have microsoft links been scrubbed? is adobe promoted?
thing is, without preview, how do i even know why i ended up with these mismatched results?
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Hannah Grainger||5/6/13 10:04 AM|
i have spent the past couple of hours trying to sort my browser out restored my laptop because i thought that might of been the issue, but it turns out google removed the preview arrows them self's, now i really dislike this search page ,they is half of page left blank for what reason, i guess i will have to uninstall Google now as much as i liked to use it :(
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||hunter99||5/6/13 12:55 PM|
Yes, I've been noticing that myself lately. Seems to be a lot more garbage in search results. Although, I don't think Google's deliberately messing with the search results, instead I think it's the clever web developers who tweak their sites, which is more of a reason why instant preview was useful.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||incola||5/6/13 1:09 PM|
I have found my search results are marginally better if I sign out of my email account before searching. But I agree - Google think it knows what's in your head - when it doesn't. What it's doing is going for the lowest common denominator - and 'low' is the word. Let's say you are looking for a genuine definition for gladiator ( say in Roman times) and what do you get but pages and pages of mindless movies and games - as if they are important . . .
TG that Wiki is still with us - but even there you have to be careful.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||RavPesach||5/6/13 11:11 PM|
polocanada - excellent points. i agree entirely.
it's not my job to help google, but perhaps they could ask websites to pay if they want their webpage as an 'instant preview'.
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|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||cje24576||5/7/13 2:47 PM|
It stinks that this feature was removed. I used it all the time! I hope the Google people will eventually bring it back. It was so useful & I really miss it.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Shawn Parfitt||5/8/13 1:29 AM|
Streamlining, really, two small little arrows next to the search results? You can't possibly think we're that stupid. Lets be honest if people didn't use it maybe they love going to site after site discovering time and time again that they can't find something suitable and give up or see something else that leads them to forget or maybe they didn't know that is what those arrows were for. I actually ran across someone not too long ago that did not know that the address bar was also the search window. This person was trying to remember actually address to different pages to navigate the web. It seems people don't pay attention let alone read useful information that could make their lives in some small way easier. Why should we pay for this? I guess all thing must change and even though I have been a chrome user for awhile I must now say that that soon might also have to change.
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|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||ministermathis||5/8/13 9:30 AM|
I've looked into alternate Google search engines. One in particular stands out because it offers a "preview" of sorts that allows you to view a website (rather to go to it) anonymously:
It has a google option where it uses google but with its own privacy settings to mask your IP address:
It can be your default search engine in any of the browsers. I've used it the last few days. The only weakness is that it has ads as the first few "hits" and they are barely set-off from the actual 'hits' with a light blue box that is hard to see.
Other providers that are more private:
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||JamiDanell||5/8/13 3:43 PM|
I am SUPER SUPER ANNOYED and upset about this. And I totally agree. If the button wasn't hidden until you hovered over it and marketed correctly you would see A TON of usage. Way to make my life harder on a daily basis. Good job.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Hysan Leung||5/9/13 3:27 AM|
What a pity that Google has taken away this useful feature.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Deborah Gasper||5/9/13 3:46 PM|
I loved that page preview. Im am so upset about it being gone. Is there any other search engine that uses it. I'm so never using google again Thanks Dwebbl...@msn.com Google phone number 650-253-0000 I will be calling to tell them how upset I am.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||SyWS||5/9/13 8:50 PM|
Bring the instant preview back! I loved google for that one sole feature and now it's gone! Bring it back on both the classics desktop and mobile version!!! Should I start using Bing now?! Come on Google!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||rshewmaker||5/10/13 8:00 PM|
I really enjoyed this feature, too. Y'all can't add it as an option, like gmail allows previews with a right-click?
|What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Subir Bhattacharjee||5/12/13 8:55 AM|
I have tried to open a facebook a/c. I get message 'your email a/c does not belong to anyon'.. e- mail id and password I entered is correct.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Ingrid Tobekk||5/13/13 4:51 AM|
We already have an Facebook account:
Please tell all your friends and ask them to click LIKE :)
You are welcome to write there as well :))
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Luke Browell||5/13/13 11:05 PM|
This was the last best way for power users to access google cache - an invaluable tool for researchers and developers when the reference site you need in a hurry is offline for some reason.
Grieve you're power-users/prime-advocates at your peril Google.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||jscher2000||5/13/13 11:55 PM|
On Monday, May 13, 2013 11:05:59 PM UTC-7, Luke Browell wrote:This was the last best way for power users to access google cache - an invaluable tool for researchers and developers when the reference site you need in a hurry is offline for some reason.
Luke, do not despair: cache is still there! But the link has moved to a less obvious location. Do you see a strikingly Bing-like, downward-pointing triangle after the green citation? That opens a little drop-down menu where you will find the link to the cached page if there is one.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||jonny be good||5/14/13 5:12 AM|
I've used this feature for many years. The cache comes in useful for various reasons, when a site is down then you still have access to a sites telephone number or whatever albeit some info could be a little out of date.
So yes the Cache is under the green arrow now! But why don't Google be honest and just say what the real reason is for the change! More streamlined for Users is total BS. More room for ads I'm sure.
But the preview is a big loss. Avoiding sites after conducting a search that just didn't match what you expected was great. Now this has gone I feel the need to look for add-ons or start using a different search engine.
Google; If you're going to make a change try not to come across as so big and important you don't need to consult the people that make all those clicks that in the end pay you very well indeed!!!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||arik james||5/14/13 4:44 PM|
I have no idea why anyone who has been using a computer more than a month would think that search term high lighting wasn't necessary. Cached pages with preview are a given when Google search can't comprehend my search. Mostly the results are easily filtered but there are times when no matter how I setup the search the results are all over the web and preview becomes crucial. The last point on the list is when looking into questionable web sites, previews and cached pages give me an extra level of protection. For anyone at Google that might read this, yes Google has become a habit but we're not wedded to them. We will change to a better service.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||BikerJ||5/14/13 6:27 PM|
This deleted Preview feature was particularly helpful in doing comprehensive searches of Craigslist (i.e. item site:craigslist.org). It eliminated visiting numerous expired listings on the Craigslist site by allowing you to preview them before clicking. The feature should be restored as an option. I really don't care about "streamlining" the search page, when I do research, I need tools to make my research more effective and less time consuming. The preview tool was particularly helpful in this respect. If Google doesn't want to put it on everyone's webpage, the provide the tool as a user option.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||mad about this||5/15/13 12:56 PM|
Once upon a time a man with a dream of the future had an idea and it was so good that became the best business in the world.. Google was born. Now because of money we stop thinking about the future, just make the preview count as a click and give us back this feature. I will even buy the app if you put it for sale.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Mteerie||5/16/13 11:12 AM|
Google believes that removing features that only certain advanced users employ will be a net positive?
Remember that it is developers and IT pro's that spread the word about your services to the less knowledgeable (I have personally invited 20+ to Gmail, since 2001).
Given the removal of some very KEY features, and that Bing has you beat in many respects- what makes you think that you can't fail? Users built a base around your work, your ethics, and your innovation. You didn't manifest your own popularity!
I never thought I would say this, but I am now using Bing, and will recommend it to everyone that I know.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||WPMonkey||5/16/13 5:10 PM|
I agree, the preview feature was vital. An honestly, how could you tell if we were using it. Please bring it back!!!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Linda Fjölnisdóttir||5/17/13 1:29 AM|
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Cristina Italiana||5/17/13 6:31 AM|
I am very very upset you removed instant previews. It was useful. This was a feature you couldn´t remove at all. Maybe it has low usage because users didn´t know how to use it. But the research was much more easy, fast and direct with this feature. Could you please think again and restore it?
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Cristina Italiana||5/17/13 6:32 AM|
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||McColl||5/17/13 6:53 AM|
I began using Bing as my home page when the left side menu click option for UK only searches etc disappeared - it's 3 clicks now, and Bing only 1!
I only use Google if I need to check for more/alternative results.
As I understand it, the recent changes have been to optimise the Google search engine for use on tablets, smart phiones etc ...there's a vast number of both home and business users still have a desktop and would find anything else impractical.
We have no portable devices.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||fortunate||5/17/13 9:26 AM|
Any chance of making this an optional feature, or is it just gone forever? It was handy under some circumstances.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Paula Bo||5/19/13 6:03 AM|
instant preview was my best tool for rapid search. no lost of time to see site with no interest to me. Bring it back as soon as possible. Please....
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||sasha22||5/19/13 6:48 AM|
The instant preview was a great tool since you are allowing to much unwanted junk on Google. The number of views to a page is no longer valid since I have to click on the site just to find out it is not what I am looking for. (Example: When I search for a specific medication I want real medication information not sites to buy medication without a prescription.) I am becoming more and more frustrated with Google. I going to Bing!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Marita Fitzpatrick||5/21/13 1:02 PM|
This change is inconvenient to searching. It forces us to open sites and even forces us to download useless information. Searching was so easy, now I avoid it. If I can find a better option, I will take it.
Please, Google, bring back this feature!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Jessica Colon||5/21/13 3:16 PM|
I'm very disappointed that it was taken away. The reason Google was my default search engine was mainly for that feature.
I guess a lot of users just didn't know what it was. I loved it and I'd really like to see it put back.
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|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||englishlesley||5/23/13 1:45 PM|
I completely agree. I do a lot of online research and this change has slowed down the process hugely. Time to try Bing.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||haydenfannews||5/25/13 10:16 AM|
There must be another reason to discontinue google page preview besides people not using the feature. It was hard to miss and it was extrememly useful. I did notice some technical problems with it when I had to update flash especially in IE9 but it worked fine after I would update.
A drop down menu for Cached link seems so inefficient. Why not just a link to Cached next to the page link.
There should be an option in settings to use or not use google page preview. Or offer it as browser add-on with Google Toolbar.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Quinn Hayward||5/27/13 4:43 PM|
Why not allow users to re-enable it?
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||jscher2000||5/29/13 3:41 PM|
On Tuesday, May 28, 2013 2:30:26 AM UTC-7, jaz1 wrote:
I found no highlighting of cache keywords with Bing.
When you search Bing using a standard HTTP (not secure) connection, the cache results are highlighted in the same way as Google standard HTTP (not secure) results. Are you using Bing logged in on an HTTPS connection? It is the HTTPS connection that creates the issue of not getting query terms highlighted in Google cache.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Thomas P.||5/29/13 4:09 PM|
It is the HTTPS connection that creates the issue of not getting query terms highlighted in Google cache.
Not quite: It's not the use of HTTPS, which is causing it for Google.
It is Google themselves who are avoiding to highlight keywords in Google's cached page view, when using HTTPS.
Google can highlight keywords w. HTTPS just fine
- try eg: https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache%3Aen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FPeach+China+Asia+Europe+Persia
(I don't know about Bing. I can't get Bing to use HTTPS without signing in - which I don't bother to do for searching with Bing)
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||GrannyKitty||5/31/13 12:05 AM|
EVERYONE I know used that feature. That's crazy. Removal of this feature will cause so many time delays. Not having instant preview has already cost time and money. I'm looking for a search engine that listens to the people. I guess it's time to Bing unless instant preview is coming back. Sad. I loved Google.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||GrannyKitty||5/31/13 12:07 AM|
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||williamcouper||5/31/13 6:31 AM|
I cant live without this feature... when im looking for a website i just do the quick preview but now I have to open every single link its so annoying...
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Katty Jamez||6/3/13 4:05 AM|
what has gone wrong with google search result lately i used to see atleast 60 pages whenever i used to search is it google running short of search result or what being a lay person i would rather turn my back on google and will start using yahoo whats again can you provide me any solution?
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Scuppernog||6/8/13 2:53 PM|
I'm very disappointed with Google search because
· Instant Preview was removed
· It took a deep Google search to find out what happened to Instant Preview
· Google STILL discusses Instant Preview as if it still exists!! (June 8, 2013)
^ Google powers-that-be might want to remove that page. It tells users that "Instant Preview are (sic) extremely useful to users and can help them decide whether or not to click..." Um, if it was 'extremely useful' then why was it removed ??
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Andrew Murdoch||6/9/13 11:57 AM|
Even when you have all the extra info pop up I still have a 3rd of my page just blank white with nothing on it.
Instant preview was a genius Google feature, one of many, that people would have learned to use in time as they adapted to it.
Instant Preview should be implemented again.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Andrew Murdoch||6/9/13 12:00 PM|
Instant preview was genius Google feature that I used frequently, other people would adapt to it over time as they became more aware of it.
With the roll out of ever faster Broadband and 4G this is even more relevant.
It is such a useful feature and should be implemented again.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||MailBoySteve||6/10/13 10:20 PM|
What kind of idiot response is that from Google? That was an EXTREMELY USEFUL FEATURE TO MANY PEOPLE. How was it slowing anything down? Why would you take away something that was unique and useful like that?
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Ati Yk||6/12/13 10:32 PM|
I'm a student, and DO NOT have time what so ever to open every single page, i need specific info related to my subjects and DO NOT have whole night to wait to thousands pages to load and read and exit out! please bring back the preview button and make it optional.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Markh Hendry||6/14/13 11:13 AM|
They stop because of it server resources
so they can use it else where
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Happybidr||6/14/13 12:31 PM|
I had the same question. the only reason I might not have used it much, Google, is that you didn't promote it much. It was a GREAT FEATURE!!!
As a company, were you not the 800 lb gorilla, the way you run things is so erratic that you build no trust, and therefore, no one uses all the hundreds of little products/features you come up with. I find that you are constantly starting and stopping little features that could be great were they given a chance and were they with any company other than Google. Plus, it's really hard to find services and things on Google itself. I've had times looking for Google docs or business email and I find myself in one section of the site I've never heard of, with absolutely no links to where I'm trying to go. I finally decided just to give up on Google's products because (especially for my businesses) I can't trust that you'll still support it in another year. You really should start to be more serious with how you run things there. You're not giving your little products the opportunity to find an audience. It's like running a summer TV series on Sundays at 2 pm and then wondering why they never found an audience. Learn to commit, Google!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Happybidr||6/14/13 12:44 PM|
What exactly do you mean by "streamlined"? What did we gain when we lost PREVIEW and CACHE and whatever other great feature that I would have used HAD I KNOWN ABOUT IT?
Anyone who didn't use those services was probably barely using Google as it is. (Look at the questions on various sites and you'll see it's obvious that people don't use search engines that much, otherwise they'd find the answers there looking for on their own.)
Also, you guys have revised your algorithm and now have the results that come up on page one are from About.com or YouTube or Wikipedia!!! GIMME A BREAK!! That's ridiculous. The odds of About.com having a useful answer to a question is exceedingly low. You are giving them far too much weight in your algorithm. And YouTube, well, you're giving yourselves far too much weight (since you own YouTube.) Please stop putting all of them on page one of search results for so many searches. THAT'S NOT WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR!!!!!!!!!!!
Never thought I'd say this, but I might just check out Bing. I'm not trying to be a smart aleck, I'm just frustrated!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Richids Coulter||6/14/13 12:59 PM|
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||munknorr||6/14/13 6:06 PM|
Amen to that, Richids Coulter. For China Google moved searches offshore; for the US Gov, they just roll over.
As for page previews, I notice that now when I go to a page cited in a Google search, the url box lights up with a very long address tht begins with ggogle.com and ending with a version of the real page address. I suspect that this way google gets more credit somehow for having directed a user to that page, and therefore more money. It takes longer. With the previews, users click on fewer pages because they are better able to screen the search results. Fewer page views = less revenue for Google.
In this world, if you "Follow the money" it generally leads you to the reasons behind what is happening whether it is war or business decisions. And make no mistake, Google's decisions are business decisions, =$, not service to the user decisions.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||munknorr||6/14/13 6:07 PM|
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||jaz1||6/15/13 9:02 PM|
It was indispensable. I used it everyday, many times a day. Google claims it was a little used feature?
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Brian Rossiter||6/16/13 5:26 PM|
I'm really surprised and disappointed that Google have got rid of the page preview feature. It was one of the most useful aspects of Chrome. I have no idea why it had a low usage.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Brian Rossiter||6/16/13 5:29 PM|
This is actually a plausible theory, as Google generates revenue from its prioritisation of websites.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||伟忠伍||6/16/13 7:39 PM|
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||zeroxp||6/17/13 5:17 PM|
Still no option to bring it back?
If no preview, at least please bring back the cached version.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Gerald Gilday||6/19/13 10:02 AM|
when was this feature eliminated?
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Mindy C. Jones||6/19/13 11:15 AM|
It happened sometime in late April. I still miss the feature :-(
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||justkat||6/20/13 8:08 AM|
I'm sorry but I have to be blunt; that answer, or reasoning - if that is true, sounds like garbage to me.
Just because (you say) most persons don't use a feature (and I suspect that is not even true), doesn't mean there isn't a need. I used it every time I used Google, and based on all the comments on this topic, obviously a whole lot of others did too. IF, as you say, there was low usage, how do you even know that, since the feature was based on hovering over a link, not actually clicking on it? Are you saying that you can actually see and track everyone's hovering activity when searching?? Really?? I'm not a computer expert, but you're excuse for removing the Instant Preview feature sounds bogus.
Instead of removing it, how about making it an option. Did it occur to you to announce that it might be removed and get our feedback?! It is extremely aggravating to get used to a feature and have it just disappear, and without any notice.
I agree with all the others who are displeased with the loss of the instant preview feature. It's the main reason I use Google search over others. Guess I'll go back to using other search engines. It's not like you're the only one out there you know. I believe there is some reconsideration in order on your end of this issue. Bring it back!!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||McColl||6/20/13 9:08 AM|
They started with eliminating the search options from the left hand side (3 clicks now for a UK search!)
Then they messed with the Image Search options.
There was a whole raft of protests over these, but to no avail.
Now the Instant Preview ...don't hold your breath that any of them will come back!
It all seems that the use of tablets etc is being given as a reason for the 'streamlining' ...I am one of the very many who still needs a desktop computer, and would have thought an option to please both kinds of screen sizes would have been more acceptable. Lots of other online companies do ...in fact, some are automatic.
I now use Bing mostly (1 click for a UK search), and only Google if I need to.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||JamiDanell||6/20/13 9:17 AM|
Don't even get me started on the Image search changes. They might "look" prettier layout wise, but it's now a maze to just get your photos filtered instead of the one click before. It's like Google is really out for me and to make my workday longer and wasting my time!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||chamois988||6/20/13 5:21 PM|
That's a bunch of bullcrap. Obviously that is the politically correct response, Google must underestimate us users that we are too stupid to know better. It is clear that Google is catering ONLY to its advertisers, forcing users to actually click on the link, and doesn't give a crap about us users. I call BULLS&*T!!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Eva Zborilova||6/22/13 3:50 AM|
Great idea, I open a lot of windows too, getting lost in them and forgetting what they even were about. Than I put my laptop on hibernate as I'm afraid off loosing them.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Eva Zborilova||6/22/13 3:55 AM|
I loved the feature! I was too wondering what am I doing wrong, checking settings etc. which took a lot of my study time :(
My classmates did not know about it because it was hidden but after I showed them they thought it was great.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE bring it back!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(Unless Bing brings it in first!)
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Eva Zborilova||6/22/13 4:00 AM|
How disgusting!! Net is so needed these days.
Well wait until other search sites bring what customers like and google will loose us!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||ministermathis||6/22/13 10:04 AM|
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Luke Jordan||6/22/13 6:29 PM|
I liked preview, and often miss it.
I wish you could view all the webpage results as thumbnail images, instead of text. It would look like Google Images.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Graham Johnson||6/22/13 7:04 PM|
Reading this thread is sad.
Just shows you Google don't listen or care about what their users think.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||PaulusGrandis||6/27/13 8:08 PM|
The preview functionality and the Cache links were amazing. Getting rid of them was a terrible mistake! Make them easy and obvious to users, c'mon!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||jscher2000||6/27/13 9:53 PM|
On Thursday, June 27, 2013 8:08:11 PM UTC-7, PaulusGrandis wrote:> The preview functionality and the Cache links were amazing. Getting rid of them was a terrible mistake! Make them easy and obvious to users, c'mon!
Hi PaulusGrandis, it's no replacement for instant preview, but the cache link is available using the little green triangle (if Google has a cached copy of the page).
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Gonidae||6/29/13 11:23 PM|
what an odd thing to do as it hardly hindered the streamline of the page and it did give the possibility to see the searched phrase in context allowing to see if it is useful.
please put it back
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Maung Tin||7/1/13 10:23 AM|
I donot know.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Maung Tin||7/1/13 10:27 AM|
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||poptions||7/1/13 11:50 AM|
that's a shame i liked it
|What has happened to Google instant page previews?||AnnSS MITCHELL||7/5/13 7:48 AM|
Removing this feature is terrible. I used it daily. If I had a question I would just say."Google it". That's a laugh now. I have to pull it up and then download a page, then go and open it and 9 times out of ten it's not what I'm looking for.
Well, think I'll Google "new search engine" and try one different from Google.
|What has happened to Google instant page previews?||AnnSS MITCHELL||7/5/13 8:04 AM|
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Eddie Neethling||7/6/13 8:39 AM|
I have just had to uninstall Chrome because of Malware... The problem is the homepage. I want it to go directly to Google Search..MY CHOICE not yours. If you don't want to or can't then perhaps I should look at using Mozilla, who gladly allow e to open my home page as Google Search...
So you decide, is it going to be what the customer wants or is it going to be what Google decides?
your choice... but I would carefully consider the consequences of ignoring your customer base.
Have a great day
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|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Quinn Hayward||7/6/13 9:53 PM|
Actually you can have google.com set as your homepage. If you go to Chrome settings, there's a section called "On Start Up". There you can choose for Chrome to start up on a specific Web Page or Web Pages.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Laurenceca||7/14/13 3:30 AM|
I use firefox and chrome, but can't see any green arrow, so no cache at all! This is the most unhelpful thing google have ever done! Please tell me i'm missing something and there's still a way to find cached pages etc. Perfect example was the other day when a venue's website was down but I needed the directions to find it - cache saved the day.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Matti nescio||7/14/13 4:04 AM|
On Sunday, 14 July 2013 13:30:22 UTC+3, Laurenceca wrote:I use firefox and chrome, but can't see any green arrow, so no cache at all!
What does your search results look like then ?
Note that some sites may forbid Google from storing cached versions of their pages.
Of course, if you already know the URL you want the cached version of ,
you could just search cache:URL , or use cachedpages.com
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Laurenceca||7/14/13 3:19 PM|
Thanks so much Matti for your quick reply.
Basically, one particular search that I did didn't contain the green arrow or the 'Cached' link shown in the pictures above for any of the hits, even though there were numerous sites hosting the article, including the Guardian www.theatlanticwire.com and lots of others. I could forward you the two lines from the news piece that I searched for if that would help?
When I test with other searches, it seems that the green arrows are there though.
Anyway thanks for the tip re searching cache:URL or using cachedpages.com - I didn't know about those before.
Also I've now installed the 'cool previews' addon which is helpful too.
Thanks again :)
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Casual Soul||7/17/13 10:57 PM|
Your "streamlining" has just substantially reduced the value of Google to people who use Google for serious research work. Cache Preview with search word highlights was a very helpful tool to people like me. You're forcing me to look at dumping Google across the board. I know I won't be the only one.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Monis786||7/20/13 1:14 AM|
I found the feature convenient too but I can see two logical reasons why Google probably removed this feature.
Firstly, looking for content with the mindset to 'judge a book by its cover' will actually do injustice to Google's search algorithm. Naturally users will favour websites that 'look organized' but that doesn't ensure quality content [personally I've found very good information countless times from the ugliest websites!]. This user behaviour can't really be quantified as our evaluation process would occur in our mind - rather than through clicks which feed bounce rates (trackable!). For Google instant page view would increase ambiguity in tracking user behaviour, hence defeating the purpose of continuous improvements through user behaviour indicators among other things.
Second reason why Google removed this feature may be because they probably saw a decline in clicks on the Ads displayed to the right of the search results. In a nutshell, this non-revenue producing instant view feature may have been cannibalizing their main product - ads - one of the biggest source of revenue.
The fact that Google completely removed this feature rather than hide it (and having it optionally available in search settings) only supports the opinions I've stated above.
Instant view or not instant view, I think Google and its products exponentially provide more value than their drawbacks.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Brett Richards||7/20/13 1:21 AM|
Sounds like someone who works for Google, probably seeing as how they have no interest in actually making any responses. I don't know why people bother, you are being ignored people!!! This is all about the appearance of listening to the user, not actually listening. Saves them telling you to go screw yourself they can do as they please and if you don't like it go elsewhere.
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|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Michael Truono||7/26/13 5:42 AM|
Jessica we need those instant preview results back. our whole company used to use you guys in sales. Please bring it back? We have 10,000 employees!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||PaulusGrandis||7/26/13 8:30 AM|
From what I can tell after some research, the Previews were cutting into Ad revenue, so they will never come back without them thinking of away that they can use them to IMPROVE revenue. Lame.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Arijion Mosley||7/29/13 9:54 PM|
Awee Dumb !
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Aaron Lapp||8/31/13 1:06 AM|
are there google code based puglins, add-ons, and for the mobile, android apps that utilize such features that have sadly been dropped?
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||La siliconvalleygirl||8/31/13 11:41 AM|
This was the best feature ever and so annoying not to have that anymore :(
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Howard Neal||9/1/13 5:50 AM|
I agree. It was a well used feature by my myself, my family and my colleagues so I find "low use" as a reason for deletion very hard to believe
Very bad news for Google search users.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||spazzling21||9/5/13 6:09 AM|
I'm all for streamlined search results, but should we be able to choose to UNstreamline them if we want? Can't it just be that Instant Previews is automatically disabled unless you turn it on?! Why get rid of a feature that some people (obviously) use on a daily basis--can't we who care about it still use it?! I don't understand getting rid of things. Just turn them off if you feel that it makes the website faster for those who don't use it--but allow us to get it back if we want it!!!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||hjdeaton||10/14/13 9:24 PM|
It's now October, and although the majority of what I'm reading here seems to have been posted April, this is still a relevant problem. I am required on a graduate school assignment to use the cache function as part of breaking down the differences between cached and regular results, and now I can't do that. I have to put on my homework, "Sorry, Google decided that this thing you're telling me to learn wasn't worth keeping."
Just saying. To whoever ultimately made the decision to pull or hide the function (since if it IS still around, I sure can't find it): thanks for making me look like an ass on an assignment that will have a weighty and direct bearing on my MLIS degree.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Josh Ashwood||10/14/13 10:51 PM|
You can still get to the cache - look for the little arrow to the right of the search result - click it and if there is a cached copy the word 'Cache' will appear.
I have put my hourly fee directly on your MLIS degree loan.
|What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Mikerise||10/15/13 2:45 PM|
|What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Mikerise||10/15/13 2:46 PM|
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||josh yaya||10/15/13 5:08 PM|
the best replacement i can find is an add-on to firefox called coolpreviews. actually i like it better than googles old one, because you can preview any link on any page, not just searches.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Nathan Duke||11/13/13 5:01 AM|
Oh is that right? People didn't use the Instant Preview feature enough? So you replaced it with... nothing?
So you're saying we would rather stare at a giant white void on the the right half of our screens than optionally mouse-over and get a snapshot of the content at the destination site? You assert that us Google users find thousands of empty pixels to be more informative and usable than a preview of the pages our searches return? Uh huh.
That makes SOOO much sense. NO. It doesn't. That smells like a blatant, nonsensical lie. I expect more from a company with so much genius, power & mojo! You need to be excellent to earn and keep our admiration & loyalty. The minute I read your answer I thought, I'm going to try Bing... yeah. Microsoft Bing. OMG. Never in a million...
I mean, isn't your internal slogan "Don't Be Evil"? Doesn't that mean mean you should tell the truth - or at least NOT LIE - when you answer a question?
REAL REASON GOOGLE KILLED INSTANT PREVIEW: It wasn't because there were low usage numbers. Quite the opposite I'd say... people used it TOO MUCH. They used it INSTEAD of visiting destination pages, didn't they? YES.
The only plausible motive Google could have had for pulling the plug was because instant previews resulted in a massive click-thru drop-off. And the less CLICK-THROUGH, the less ADWORDS/ADSENSE revenue, RIGHT??? Just tell us - we have structured our revenue around CPA models that incentivise us to display results in a manner that is NOT in keeping with user preferences or best interests, but in a manner that induces users to click links they would not otherwise click to view content they would not deem worthwhile. That is anathema to the purpose of a search engine isn't it? Why are you suddenly fighting against your own prime directive?
But hey, I could be wrong. And fortunately, thanks to Google analytics, this is a statistically provable claim you're making. All you have to do to shut me up is publish a top view of traffic click-through, ad-word & ad-sense revenue and Instant Preview feature usage stats from the month before it launched, all during it's existence into the month after you kyboshed the feature. Show us the numbers. It's the right thing to do.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||RebeccaGroupNameTaken||11/13/13 6:03 AM|
Good stuff, Nathan. I agree with all you've said and would add: Google needed to remove previews because previews expose Google's pushing of results that aren't good matches to the search criteria. I am not sure whether these not-good-match results come from paid advertisers or if Google simply changed their algorithm (for the worse!). I have searched for precise phrases and received as top results pages that do not contain those words. (I posted elsewhere in this thread an example. If I can locate it, I'll come back and link it here.)
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||RebeccaGroupNameTaken||11/13/13 6:05 AM|
|What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Mikerise||11/16/13 5:02 PM|
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Bunny Infidel||12/30/13 6:58 AM|
Nobody believes that shit! By STREAMLINED you mean you've added a bunch of features that NOBODY wants, for the personal benefit of google and nobody else. There are so many features that I have and had used regularly that Google has eliminated over time, that there is almost nothing left. And most of the time, the changes are OBVIOUSLY not being done because 'so few people' used that particular feature. Streamlining makes YOUR job easier, tracking / collecting information for your own benefits. It doesn't help us at all.
No way on earth do I believe this feature experienced VERY LOW USAGE - however, I DO believe you would change it to try to drum up more business, because that's what google's all about! Once somebody uses Google, they don't give a DAMN about you or what you want, they only care about GOOGLE.
Monopolizing, tracking the world, reading our emails, turning over our privacy to the devil, and then telling us 'it was a mistake' when their camera vans for street view 'accidentally' downloaded the PASSWORDS and LOGONS for every computer the vans passed!! And then 'PROMISED' they deleted the information. HA! Are you kidding me? Who in their right mind would believe that!? BOLLOX!
What kind of a camera can download private information off PC's and laptops REMOTELY and WIRELESSLY ????? NONE !! That is some superspy 'intelligence gathering' sophisticated, hi tech, govt top level equipment - why in the hell would the GOOGLE street view camera vans have something like that installed??? For future use?
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|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Luca Cerini||1/29/14 1:27 AM|
Also from my side, extremely useful! Please, consider re-adding the feature
|What has happened to Google instant page previews?||haawaai mohad||1/29/14 1:46 AM|
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|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||PharmgirlMarietta||2/21/14 6:40 PM|
I can NEVER find the cached sentence, paragraph I'm looking for anymore...Really, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER!!!! It used to be so easy. I hate it now! Useless. A lot of good sources have to abandon because the document, etc. is just too long to sift through!
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Ray Breedlove||3/26/14 11:16 AM|
I realize that Google eliminated the larger preview to get more revenue from users having to click on sites, but the result for me was that I am now a very happy Bing Image search user, so Google is getting absolutely no revenue from me. From what I've read, I'm not alone.
|Re: What has happened to Google instant page previews?||Christina Garcia||5/4/14 4:01 PM|
Add it back....please! It was a wonderful to preview the video.