Google has begun testing a new search interface. If you are wondering why on earth the change is not visible to you, it's because the
new look search page is being rolled out in a very limited manner
and appears randomly.
The launch of the new interface is in keeping with a story that was published on Search Engine Land last week.
“We’re basically looking at a new look and feel for Google,” Marissa Mayer, Google’s vice president of search product and user experience, told the website last week. “It’s an overall cleaning up of the search results page.” The most notable addition seems to be that of a column on the left side of the results page.
The “All Results” section on the left side of the page has given way to tabs that let you switch between different types of search modes: all results, news, maps, images, books, maps etc. Similar search terms are displayed just below these tabs. The option to filter your search results by time is also included on the left side.
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