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Poll: How do you rate the new look of Google Plus?

Google has changed the look and feel of the Google+ service, but is it better, worse, of about the same?

Google continues to be the most amorphous company in the world when it comes to user interfaces for their products and services. This week's example is the new interface for Google+. The general consensus I have seen in the tech press is that the new interface is "Twitter-like."

I can see that. However, my initial reaction is basically a numb acceptance of the continuous change that comes with using anything Google. There is no need to get upset or happy about anything Google does because next week it will be different. Creating apathy is probably not what Google has in mind when it makes these changes, but, at least in my case, that is what I am feeling.

How about you? Has Google's continued insistence that everything must keep changing, sucked the will to care right out of you? Or are you still enjoying the ride and looking forward to next week's user interface change? Is the new look of Google+ a good thing?

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

7 comments
sjdorst
sjdorst

I'm actually quite surprised that Google hasn't done this across their offerings. The user ought to configure what appears in the black bar, with anything NOT appearing accessible through the "More" pulldown. Personally, I use Reader and it annoys me no end that I can't put it directly in the black bar and relegate products I use rarely (You Tube, Images, News) to their rightful place (for me) in the pulldown.

Gisabun
Gisabun

Does anyone really cares about Google+. Another Google failure.

beaverusiv
beaverusiv

I look forward to UI changes most of the time. I just hope they work towards a 'Google look' wherein any service (and OS) is recognisable as Google because of unique UI features.

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

it doesn't scale well for a wide-screen notebook. In google+ now, I have all the content along the left hand side of the screen, then white space (that dreaded thing!) and then there's some inconsequential-looking stuff along the right hand side.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

I think I finally understand Pink Floyd's concept of "comfortably numb." Does the constant fiddling with user interfaces in Google services bother you or do you hardly take notice anymore? Do you like the new Google+ interface?

beaverusiv
beaverusiv

I have a widescreen too and I am not bothered by the whitespace. I think I'd be more bothered if they thought they had to fill it in...

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

Is justifying the allocatable spaces really that hard?

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