Has anyone seen the new Google Image search lately? I did one today and it was honestly jarring at first. I had a severe “Wait, where am I?” moment and I had to check my URL. The image description and titles are gone, unless you scroll over one, which enlarges it and makes it “pop out” from the rest of the results. Also, moving from one results page to another is seamless and I can scroll from page 1 to 20 in about ten seconds.
The new results page for image searches is really aesthetically pleasing (don’t believe me? Check out this search I did on waterfalls) and I wonder if this is a sign of things to come. What do you guys think?
I mainly use Google alerts for Link alerts, to see when Google “publicly” acknowledges that they have discovered a link to a specific domain or URL. I also use web alerts to find instances of content mentioned certain phrases.
Google has now announced that they are re-naming these. So now web alerts will be everything alerts, and most likely we won’t experience any significant change in our usage and benefits from this free service.
I do think it is notable that this follows the changes to their SERPs, the pages on which valuable keyword placed results are displayed to potential customers. As SERPs become more varied, displaying “everything” results (video, blog comments, items from gmail connected users) this has got expose in greater detail the way that they connect all this recorded content together around it’s keywords, and fence off what is “of interest” for you, as the creater of the everything alert.