Dear Matt Cutts,
I’m not sure whether you are the right recipient for this but perhaps you could pass it to whoever should receive it.
Perhaps you know instinctively which button I am talking about. I’m Feeling Lucky. Back in 2005, I did express my thanks to Google for the I’m Feeling Lucky button and suggested some reasons why it might still be there. After all everyone is most complimentary on the sweet simplicity of the Classic Google Search page.
It’s the KISS principle exemplified.
Some 2 years later, I and others were pointing out that that the I’m Feeling Lucky button is a poor use of screen real estate and it Doesn’t Work For Google since you may be losing advertising revenues. Apparently the arguments were not cogent enough since no changes were made.
Now in 2009, given the tough times we are all experiencing in this recession, it surely is a time to have everything performing at optimal efficiency. In that spirit, I thought someone in Google might appreciate some reflections on that Classic page.
Any redesign should not lose what is of value but should if anything give a much better user experience. Currently the left hand button ‘Google Search’ gives the Web search as confirmed by the word at the top left of the screen. As many know, this is more precisely defined as Universal Search since a number of search results from different databases are combined.
If you prefer to look directly at the results of an Image Search then you can type your keywords in the search field but must then click on one of the text links at the top of the screen. It is similar if you want to do a News Search or a Video Search. If you want to do a BlogSearch, then you must go to ‘more’ and click on that. A drop-down appears and you can then click on Blogs. It’s all a bit clunky. Thinking about what might work better for users, perhaps there is a better way.
Given that the left button has a redundant Google on there and the right button is little used, it seemed to me that a number of purposes would be served by a change in buttons. Here below is how an alternate design might look. The buttons shown would be ideal for the way I use Google search, but Google may know its average user might prefer some other buttons. There is room for six, but the number could be cut down if that would work best for most users.
As I said, Mr. Cutts, you may not be the right recipient for this. However if you like this proposal, perhaps you could put a good word in for it as you forward this to the right person.
Thank you for your time.
Note to my other readers
If you feel there is merit in this alternative design, then why not add a comment. Or suggest other ways the Google Search page might be improved. At the least, please vote in the survey to the right. Your vote may just tip the balance.