October 22, 2003

Google, Goofle

Google's added something to their homepage. Always an attention-grabber, that! The new feature? A running tally of searches you've done, along with a "spectrum" graphic complete with a little pointer indicating how far along the scale you are.

What's the point? I don't quite get it. I also notice that all you have to do is press ENTER (don't even bother entering a search term), then click the Google logo to return to the home page, press ENTER again, click home, ENTER, home, ENTER, home, etc., etc. Okay. Done. Um, now what? And why does the count stop at 100?

How did this "feature" get released? What's the strategy? What possible use could it be to users? One possible consequence of introducing this "feature": reminding people about Google's use of cookies. Some people won't want to be reminded. Just watch.

Posted by brian at October 22, 2003 11:33 AM


This (along with Google's prospective IPO) does not bode well for those who enjoy free search engines. It appears to be a way to demonstrate how dependent you are on Google and establish why you should pay $x for a Google subscription service. I have long been fearing that day would come as Google currently has no real competition.

Posted by: CheekyGeek at November 3, 2003 05:03 AM

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