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Why is Google's “I'm Feeling Lucky” button still next to the search bar?

I'm sure that Google must put a lot of thought into the display of its homepage. With such a minimalistic design, every element matters. So what's up with the "I'm feeling lucky" button? Why is ...
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What rules does Google use to make a button gray, blue, or red on their sites?

This has been an elusive topic, and I haven't yet been able to form my own conclusion about what Google's reasoning is to make a given button blue, red, or gray, given their latest design ethos. Take ...
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Is Apple's or Google's meaning of the three-horizontal-bar icon more popular?

Apple and Google are going head-to-head to define meaning of the three-horizontal-bars icon: In iOS this icon means "drag me to rearrange items in a list" while Google Chrome's version means "click ...
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Calendar recurrences on the last day of the month

I noticed a difference in how Google Calendar and Outlook handle recurring appointments, specifically ones that are on the end of the month. If you try to schedule an appointment on the 31st of every ...
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Click on Logo no longer brings user to the homepage of a website, good?

The latest Google webpage redesign brings us a feature ( or a bug?): Clicking on the logo no longer brings user to the homepage of the website. This behavior is consistent across different Google ...
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Can you see a good reason to remove the plus sign in Google Chrome's create tab button?

I am talking about this button: The plus sign that used to be on that button has been removed in recent versions. I am very intrigued as to why they might have found it convenient. I'm a ...
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The use of tabs in Gmail [closed]

I have never really used the labels in Gmail, and it was quite interesting to see the recent introduction of 'tabs' in Gmail. Even though the concept of folders has always been in the Outlook (which ...
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Why don't people use the “I'm feeling lucky” button more often?

Have you ever seen or heard of someone using it? Back in the days when Google didn't automatically redirected you to the results page as you typed, I think not a lot of people used the "I'm Feeling ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of “minimal” design?

E.g. Google has minimal web design (just a search box). How do you define minimal design? How does this relate to minimalism in general? Is Facebook also minimalism at least from the beginning?
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What are the UX strengths and weaknesses of Google+? [closed]

Google Plus is a new product from Google that seems to be a Facebook-like social application. It also seems to supercede Google Buzz. It is sort of integrated into GMail. It offers a number of UX ...
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Why Google hides important and useful features?

Background Here's an excerpt from fastcodesign interview with Bret Victor: QUESTION: An argument I'm going to make is that UIs should ideally be "deep" -- that is, simple, intuitive and ...
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Why doesn't YouTube append the video title to the video URL?

How come YouTube doesn't append the video title to the video URL? I know they are owned by Google so good SEO isn't exactly necessary, but from a user experience stand point it makes much more sense. ...
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Why does Gmail hide email options under a '+' sign?

Why does Gmail website hide options like "links", "smileys" etc. under a '+' sign when there is clearly enough room along the footer? Am I missing something, or is google really pushing google+? ...
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What's the reason behind this Google Chrome feature?

Not that long ago I updated my Google Chrome browser to the 12.0.7 etc version and I notices a new feature. If you hover on the tabs, there is a slight glow around your cursor, something like this ...
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Why are different cursors used when hovering over buttons in Gmail?

In the Gmail interface they are not consistent in which cursor they use on button/link hover. They use the "hand" pointer for: Links in the sidebar(mail, contacts, inbox, starred etc..) The mails ...
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Is there any definition/guidelines about user experience of Apple and Google?

I like the both Apple and Google user experiences. But visually they are different. Though, I need to know their basic concepts/theory about user experience. So we will take their inspirations not ...
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Why does the Google +1 button not change to a -1 once clicked?

When you +1 something on Google or Google+, the +1 button becomes red and clicking this red button will remove your +1 in the post. Why was it designed like this? Changing the button color to red ...
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Is it OK for scrolling interactions to not scroll content?

This is a general question about scrolling behavior with a trackpad or mouse. I've been discussing this with my peers, and it's become quite a debate. Our conversations are specifically about the ...
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Including URL in search results

Google (and other search providers) include the page title, URL and some description in search results. For search within a large organisation, where all results are from the same domain, is there any ...
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Is Chrome's ToS usage statistics opt-in a dark pattern?

I've just published a blog article on Google's deceivingly clever trick to increase the opt-in rate for its Chrome usage statistics collection program. Take a look at the Chrome ToS screen, especially ...
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Alternatives to pagination?

With Google Appengine, we can page to next page of a query using a cursor and with some effort we can also go to the previous page. But there is no good way to go to the n-th page, I believe for ...
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Why Gmail, Dropbox have started using bell for notification icon?

Recently, I've seen that Gmail and Dropbox have changed their notification icon and have started using bell. I would like to understand: Why bell? Is it becoming industry standard?
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Assessing a value of a page in Google Analytics (GA)

I am analysing an information architecture using GA and am trying to qualify the worth or value of a page. There are certain metrics I have at my disposal such as unique views, bounce rates, exit ...
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Why are the Google Translate dropdown options all in English? [closed]

In the Google Translate dropdown on my site, all of the language options are displayed in English. So let's say someone who only speaks Arabic gets to my site and wants to choose his language.. how is ...
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How to choose a slug for “friendly url”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Underscores vs. hyphens in URLs I'm going to implement a sort of "friendly url" for geography like a regex /<region>/<city>/<category>? and then I ...
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Inline sharing URLs

What's the purpose of these inline URLs? Why clutter the interface when people can easily copy and paste their browser's address bar? Google Maps Google Maps does not change the browser address bar ...
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What is the universal symbol used to import data?

I was wondering what was the universal symbol of "import data" when I noticed that Google Drive is using the up arrow for "upload" from your desktop which means to "import" in Google Drive. Actually ...
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How to get people to click on the G+1 button

I would like my visitors to click on the G+1 Google plus button. What is the best way to achieve that - where should the button be located? Would adding it to the order confirmation page after a ...
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Auto-suggestion difference between Google Search and Google Maps [closed]

I've noticed that the auto-suggest behavior in Google Search and Google Maps is different. If you search in Google Search and enter "exa", you'll get suggestions like "exa mple". If you do the same ...
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Why Google search form is not using auto-focus attribute?

I was doing some testing for a project where I wanted to ensure that the user still could reach certain functionality even with JS disabled. I wanted to quickly find something by going to Google and I ...
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Why when you click an app in the Google Chrome, the app icon become larger not smaller?

When you click something you expect the size of that object or thing become smaller. But in Google Chrome when you click on an app, the icon of that app becomes larger. I'd like to know why Google ...
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Why does the Google logo sometimes take you back to search and sometimes take you back to the product?

The title is a little lengthy -- I know -- but please bear with me on this one. I observed today that some Google sub-sites (namely Google Images, Google Books, Google Shopping) redirect to Google's ...
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New google homepage ? good or bad ? [closed]

I just saw that google updated its homepage for logged users at least. The top menu bar is redesigned. What do you guys think about it ?
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Google Chrome extensions and revenue without ads

A few years ago I developed a Google Chrome extension which unexpectedly got a fair share of users. Recently, I've been contacted by a company which devolves a big chunk of it's profits to a ...
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A/B Testing and Duplicate Content [closed]

Now that Google can crawl/index content from JavaScript, how are page variants treated by Google by serving a slightly different versions when A/B testing? Is it advisable to add references to the ...
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Good way to make a user locate his/her property's location in google map?

I am building an apartment rental website and I am implementing a feature that will allows the owners to specify the location of the unit to be rented on Google map. Part of the process of a adding ...
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Should android app with maps have zoom in/out buttons

I am working on an android app that uses google maps. The app uses google maps to help users select a location. Should i add buttons for zoom in and zoom out on the map? I find that the default ...
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Usage of site/company name in title tags?

Web page titles, ex. "Lorem ipsum - Example Company Inc.", have a maximum lenght of 70 characters when being used in the Google search results. I work with SEO on a daily basis and have been giving ...
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Google Search Bar?

I wanted to test the waters and see how other fellow usability people felt about Google's search bar in all of their sub sites. For instance if you are on google search, on google drive, or in Gmail ...
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Authentication pop up on a desktop app: what if it is much bigger than main app window?

I am working on a desktop app that requires authentication. It allows federated authentication using different services, Google among them. Most probably, we'll use a pop up with a browser window to ...
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Replicated bars and menus consistency

So, using Google tonight I noted, in the results page, some links get duplicated among two bars, one anchored at the top, and a second one below the search box. You can compare the initial page with ...
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Google Keep - “Submit”-Button instead of “New-Line” in Textfield - User-friendly?

Some of you might know "Google Keep", where you can create notes. Everytime I use this app I'm wondering if this "submit"-design is smart or not. I'm always confused and press the button on the top ...
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Can I access older versions of Google Search? [closed]

I am doing a workshop that involves touching on the subject of UX to students that I am assuming have no knowledge of this area (mainly high level manager types). I have a number of slides explaining ...
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Should you display author information next to Google search results?

For a while now google allows website owners to connect a google+ profile to your search results which will most importantly lead to a "profile" picture being next to the search result. However, will ...
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Why Google uses small font in search result page? [duplicate]

I have read in many places that using small font in poor accessibility. I know Google does lot of research about the search and result page design / aesthetics. There should be some reason for using ...
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Why does Google position it's content to the left rather than centred? [duplicate]

For example, Search, YouTube, etc. display content to the left of a browser. The majority of sites I visit centre their output.
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What is Google's purpose from naming convention for android versions? Who are their target? [duplicate]

Google tend to choose attractive names for their android versions like Jelly Beans, Kitkat, Ice cream sandwich and so on. What is their main purpose from these naming conventions? Does that related to ...