So what do you think about the change?
Posted September 13, 2006on:
It’s been couple of days now since the change. Do you like it? Do you not like it?
No, I’m not talking about my new hairstyle honey, I’m talking about the search results rankings moved to the left from the right! So? Do you think it’s better or worse? For those who joined the alpha recently and for those who can’t recall how it looked before, here’s a screenshot from BEFORE.
My thoughts below.
- It’s easier to compare the engines and really shows the meta value (if you don’t know what meta means don’t worry because I didn’t either until a month and a half ago but it means it aggregates all the results from multiple search engines… I think)
- Harder to scan the result titles because of the extra columns on the left.
- High (or higher) learning curve -> OMG! I don’t know what I’m looking at.. because this is so different from Google!
High learning curve has to do also with all the up and down arrows, avatars, the grids, the frames… yes I do realize that. That is why this experiment was an especially scary one because I was very careful not to break too much of the conventions such as the colors – blue for the title, black for the summary text, green for the url.
But I am already breaking the convention big time by using a table to compare the results which none of the other meta search engines did. I wasn’t sure if it would work and was also paranoid that maybe there was a reason other meta search engines did not do it this way: they don’t want to look too different from the conventional engines.
You could argue that I’m breaking the convention anyway so might as well do it all the way, but changing the rankings from the right to the left was like jumping off a cliff for me. It was scary. Thus I haven’t changed the grey box pointing still to the right column. :p
Any comments? My husband will say “yes, honey it looks great!” without lifting his head up….