Google's homepage is getting a bit spammy

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Google's homepage is getting a bit spammy Thomas P. 7/14/12 10:41 AM
Google's homepage is getting a bit spammy: http://i.imgur.com/cWiBr.png
  1. "Come here often? Make Google your homepage." ; 'Sure', 'No thanks'
  2. "A faster way to browse the web"; 'Install Google Chrome'
  3. Strong coloured Doodle, begging for attention.
  4. "I'm Feeling Lucky" (being stupid)
  5. The links at bottom has "gone", are below the "fold".
  6. Black bar, with "random" links to Google Services, and also:
    • The "Images"-link is not to a service (e.g. Picasa), but to Image Search.
    • Some services, are not  found under neither "More" nor "More"\"Even more" (e.g. Google Sites is completly missing).
 

 
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Re: Google's homepage is getting a bit spammy Thomas P. 7/14/12 8:52 PM
My Google Account is anything but new: Once signed in, I don't get spammed by Google. (btw: It's an IE9)
And yes it's the spam at top, which is creating the "fold".
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Re: Google's homepage is getting a bit spammy Thomas P. 7/15/12 5:49 PM
Spammy when compared to the once prevalent desire of having a clean minimalistic functional frontpage.
Note: What is not on the frontpage any more, are the links to "Advanced search" & "Search settings".
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Re: Google's homepage is getting a bit spammy Thomas P. 7/15/12 11:33 PM
 
It's just that I am (the Doodle obviously excepted) seeing that screen everytime I start an InPrivate browser window.
And one of Google's insignia used to be having a clean minimalistic frontpage, containing exactly what needs & should be there - no less, no more.
I mean ... Grief, clicking the top blue bar ("Come here often? Make Google your homepage." ; 'Sure', 'No thanks') away , and hitting <F5>
- I'm then seeing a:   Make Google my homepage (link positioned ca. center on the page)
 
And sometimes I then move on to Google Translate,
- only to see a "Try a new browser with automatic translation. Download Google Chrome ..."
 
... Maybe I should start adding a footer to all my posts saying something like "Try another search engine, you might like it." (just to annoy Google)
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Re: Google's homepage is getting a bit spammy Thomas P. 7/16/12 3:19 PM
 
You did that already with Duck - duck - go before anyway.
No! I've never before put any promotional link to DuckDuckGo in the footer, spamming any of my posts in any such or similar way: I have, when prompted for alternatives (by users), or when hitting Google limitations, or in honour of Google's officially & explicitly stated love for competition - supplied names & links to other search engines (and occasionally documentation too).
But, ... maybe I want to change that (heck maybe even a link to BrowserChoice EU should be thrown in)
 
ScreenCap of Google Translate... OK, there: http://i.imgur.com/p3gDF.png
- btw: My IE9 is actually having https://www.google.com/ set as homepage (an InPrivate session always starts at about:InPrivate ).
And then there's the small fact, that I (in my IE9) got the Translate with Bing (powered by Microsoft Translator) available by a simple right click, so ... me in need of Chrome for that purpose: No!
Note: As a test, I just went and translated http://www.google.com/about/company/philosophy/ into Danish, using both the Microsoft Translator and Google Translate - and both delivered equally "good" translations ("good", meaning that neither are impressive translations; both are extremely easy to identify as being machine translations, with nearly zero error-free sentences ... and it's a bit of a mystery that Microsoft isn't superior to Google, in knowing how fairly well Microsoft Word is in catching syntax and grammar errors).
 
 
off-topic: It was hillarious reading http://www.google.com/about/company/philosophy/ (the original English version)
  1. Focus on the user and all else will follow.
    ... Whether we’re [ doing whatever ] , we take great care to ensure that they will ultimately serve you, rather than our own internal goal or bottom line. Our homepage interface is clear and simple, and pages load instantly ...
I think Google missed something in communicating to their iGoogle users (soon ex-iGoogle users). ... Could it be that a Google Funeral service is soon to be revealed (?) ... Google would be right there: Some form of funeral is what all are ultimately in need of (maybe we'll see Google Funeral introduced in a package, together with Google Glass & Google Car).
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