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Someone at Google needs to be fired today [Jun. 10th, 2010|10:15 am]
Douglas Spencer
Amongst my specialties are such diverse elements as advising companies on the usability and accessibility of their websites, and explaining to them how making changes to their website which lead to the website being less usable and less accessible is really really stupid.

Today, Google is being really really stupid.

Changes which destroy usability and accessibility need to have a usable and accessible opt-out which is easy, which is quick, and which actually works.

Google, today you fail.
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[User Picture]From: andrewducker
2010-06-10 09:43 am (UTC)
Yeah - I'm glad that I just use the firefox search bar, because that image would annoy me really quickly.
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[User Picture]From: alexmc
2010-06-10 10:04 am (UTC)
Well yes. I haven't even seen this homepage yet. It just so happens that when I open a new window what comes up is http://start.ubuntu.com/10.04/Google/
and that of course isn't written by Google.

Right. Looked. Yes, it is annoying. And there is an opt-out. I realise that isn't the same as choosing to opt-in, but most people want to be given updates without asking for them.

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[User Picture]From: vicarage
2010-06-10 10:53 am (UTC)
I'd rather they did it by opt-in, as they'd get plenty of advertising of the feature in their blog and in the media.

Too many systems distract you when by asking questions about new features when you just want to get to the old stuff. My usual reaction is to swear and swat at the nearest button, rather than have my train of thought derailed.

This feature should have been Google Labbed first.
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