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Google Images testing Live-like interface?

Cow [PersonRank 2]

Friday, November 24, 2006
14 years ago3,249 views

I've been reading Blogoscoped and Google blogs for quite a while and I've glanced through this forum and I haven't found this before. Sorry if it's a dupe :)

I was just doing a search on Google Images and the results came back like this:


img167.imageshack.us/img167/26 ...



As you can see, the URL, size and format is hidden.

When you roll over an image, it gets a blue box and this additional information gets shown:


img167.imageshack.us/img167/59 ...



This is a bit similar to the interface of Live Image Search except from the image doesn't grow in size on hover:

search.live.com/images/results ...

I refreshed the page and it turned back into the old interface.

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

It seems they've been experimenting with this for a while...

blogoscoped.com/archive/2006-0 ...

Iman [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

[Moved from "Google changes image search layout?" – Tony]

Is this new?


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Google highlightes images like live.com(only with FF).

URL:
images.google.com/images?svnum ...

John Marshall [PersonRank 3]

14 years ago #

[Moved from "Google changes image search layout?" – Tony]

Not for me, I think you're just lucky.

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

[Moved from "Google changes image search layout?" – Tony]

Someone reported this a while ago.

googlesystem.blogspot.com/2006 ...

Mambo [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

It looks like this test is becoming more popular recently...

[And now the threads have been merged ... ;-) – Tony]

Sohil [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

That would be awesome. Live Images Search (Interface) is miles ahead (in my opinion) of Google.

Mysterius [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

I've seen this before (several times) over the last months, and I do notice that it seems to be becoming more popular with Google.

This worries me, because I don't think this is a better interface. Why get rid of all that information by forcing users to mouse over it to view it? I can't even tell which images are from which sites unless I compare each one by moving my mouse over it. In my opinion, this interface would be a move backwards by Google.

Sohil [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Um, Why would anyone want to know where the image is from ?

I also like Live's Bar thingy that lets you resize images, the Vertical Scroll and ofcourse the scratchpad

Mysterius [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

I do like some of Live's features, though I'm not sure if it would be convenient for Google to include them.

And... why wouldn't you want to know where the image comes from? This upgrade seems to remove functionality from the interface, without a usability improvement. Pretty boxes to highlight the image your mouse is over don't cut it for me; I know where my mouse is, thank you very much.

Leon Santiago [PersonRank 2]

14 years ago #

Google shoud launch a Google Images 2, like the Groups 2...

Niraj Sanghvi [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Sohil, I just used the location today, when searching for pictures of a new TV show. I found pictures hosted on fox.com, and ones on other sites which were less of what I wanted. Plus being able to see the sizes at a glance is huge, since I often need images between the "medium" and "small" groupings that Google creates. The only option for me is to use "All Sizes" and quickly glance at the image sizes for something close to what I want. Making it an extra step adds unnecessary overhead to that.

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