Google getting bigger in search (box)

Mon 14 September 2009 11:30, Editors

Google getting bigger in search (box)

Google is getting bigger and bigger. Not just in numbers but also in their search bar. It was noticed by TechCrunch amongst others last week that Google was testing a new size of their search box. Then Marissa Mayer announced it officially: The Google search box is growing.

When you open the Google homepage at first it looks like the page is just being increased in text size, what you can do yourself with your browser, but a second look shows it is Google itself who made the change. The search box has increased significantly and the buttons below the search bar also has grown. Also on the result pages Google has increased the size of the search box.

Marissa Mayer talked shortly about the increase of the search bar on the Google blog. She claims the growth is about the focus on search: it will make life easier for searchers.

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"Search, that is. For us, search has always been our focus. And, starting today, you'll notice on our homepage and on our search results pages, our search box is growing in size. Although this is a very simple idea and an even simpler change, we're excited about it — because it symbolizes our focus on search and because it makes our clean, minimalist homepage even easier and more fun to use. The new, larger Google search box features larger text when you type so you can see your query more clearly. It also uses a larger text size for the suggestions below the search box, making it easier to select one of the possible refinements.

Reactions on the change are different. On Twitter lots of tweets can be found with people not liking the change, mostly because they feel it looks 'cheap'. 

Some even opposed so much there is already a Greasemonkey script going around which resizes the new search box back to the old size. So how do you feel about the change?


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  • Google tricked me. I noticed it first thing and I began to wonder if my cat had crawled across the keyboard and somehow managed to enlarge my computers text size.

    I dig it, though!!

    Ma 14 sep 2009, 12:15


  • haha Tech Buzz, I wonder how many people have thought that or the same thing about their kids :)

    Ma 14 sep 2009, 12:45


    • Wll

    Why not make it possible to downsize it in the preferences?

    I'm using Google to search, therefore I know where the search button is and what I have entered as I just entered it. Looks tacky!

    Ma 14 sep 2009, 20:11


  • Fitts Law = easier for users to hit a bigger target. Google is hot on user centred design (see the Ten Things) so this should be more effective for users. G probably used a clickmapper or did some usability testing and found that some users missed the field, the button, or both. Common website problem, failing to making the "call to action" clear enough and large enough. :)

    Di 15 sep 2009, 02:09

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