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Monday, January 22, 2007

Google Updates Personalized Homepages

Posted by @ 7:42 pm

It appears that Google have, just this minute, updated the look and feel of their personalized homepages. Feeds are now time, date stamped and open to show a excerpt of each article.

Many readers display their feeds in this manner, and Google Personalized Homepages have finally realized this sorely needed functionality. For Google this may also result in fewer people leaving the site as they aren’t immediately directed away when clicking on a feed link.
Admittedly, I’m not a big fan of having to open new windows to view articles or having to continuously “Home” back to Google after being taken here, there and everywhere when I click on an article.

It’s amazing how such small changes can have such a dramatic affect on usability and user experience. Useability is generally very subjective – what may work for you may not do so for me, and no doubt Google will aim keep pushing their version of the personalized user experience!

ineedhits Team You can click on any of the circles to get more information about the business they represent, essentially giving many more local businesses first page exposure on Google maps. It should be noted that the top 10 listings will still appear as pins on the left hand side of the map.

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Discussion (3 - comments)

Good, but is there any way to add GTalk to the google home page? You have any idea?

By Matt - January 22, 2007

This new excerpt feature is great for feeds from forums, as well as blog entries. I can check out an entry before heading off to the actual content page.

By ostman - January 23, 2007

Matt, I haven’t been able to find a GTalk gadget for Google homepages, although there is a GTalk Profile gadget and another Talklets Gadget available. If anyone else has any ideas about getting GTalk for personalized pages please feel free to share the wisdom!

By Lara Appelhans - January 23, 2007

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