What are Google thinking?Mikey 8 comments Poll
Google, famed for their minimalism, have taken it a bit too far in my opinion. The new 'fade-in' homepage has reached us in Australia now after already being present on some international home pages.
Here's how it works. You visit google.com.au and sit there wondering why the page hasn't loaded yet. Some genius at Google thought it would be a good idea to hide all those useful links, like access to gmail, maps, videos etc until you pass your mouse over the page.
I get to the google homepage by hitting the home button in the browser, and thought it was odd the page didn't appear to have loaded fully. I pressed reload a few times and the same thing happened. Only when I moved the mouse towards the status bar did everything suddenly appear.
OK, so it's not the end of the world and we will all adjust now that we know, but the question has to be asked: what's the freaking point of this? It's a step backwards for usability, and it adds absolutely no useful or new functionality.
Dear Google. As much as I adore all the free services you provide, please for the love all all things humane employ a usability expert. A lot of your apps are severely lacking in this department, and this new homepage gimmick shows you care more about bling that usability.
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