Quiet Google

2011-10-19

in Geek stuff, Internet matters, Rants

I really hate Google Instant and autocomplete – largely because I hate any user interface element that causes things on screen to change in unexpected ways. I also hate websites where little ‘preview’ windows instantly pop up when your cursor crosses over a link. When something unexpected pops up on my computer, I always think: “Waah! Something unexpected and unwelcome has surprised me unpleasantly!” and never: “How delightful! My computer did just what I wanted, without me even asking!”.

I am rather annoyed that even when you turn off Google Instant, Google turns it back on for your account after a few weeks. They really want those extra advertising revenues.

It is possible to avoid both annoying features by searching Google using this link. I call it ‘Quiet Google’ and it helps conserve a measure of calm in the universe.

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coyote October 20, 2011 at 7:49 am

I agree with everything you say about Google Instant. I’ll add that for a company claiming not to be evil, they’re getting irritatingly intrusive and insistent that you do a whole host of little things “their” way, since they unilaterally decided to bet the server farm on becoming a Plus “identity service” for everybody in the world, whether we want it or not.

Would love to try your quiet link. But it’s not working…

Milan October 20, 2011 at 9:24 am

Link fixed (while waiting for my late bus).

Milan April 17, 2012 at 10:19 pm

The new GMail interface is a confusing mess that commits the cardinal user interface sin of constantly changing shapes for no reason.

Thankfully, the ‘basic HTML’ version still exists. It is worlds better than the bells-and-whistles interface they have now made mandatory for the normal version.

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