One year and one month after first publishing this post there is a new rash of complaints about iGoogle tabs on top vs. tabs on left. Previous methods of reverting to the old style of iGoogle by setting it to a different country version is no longer working. Seems everyone now gets the US version.
But there is a new cure to Google’s tab disease! Posted in the comments of this post was reference to a Firefox plugin that will remove those left hand tabs and place them back on top. Yay!!!!
If you’re not using FireFox as your web browser you’re shit out of luck. If your using Internet Exploder as your web browser you should give your head a shake. Join the rest of the cool kids and switch to FF.
Amazing how much I instantly hated this when it changed on me today. It’s really really bad. I liked having my tabs up top. Now on the side they eat up realestate on my well used (read full) iGoogle pages.
Apparently Google rolled this new interface out and tested it on select iGoogle accounts a few months back. Did those testers happen to like it and give Goog the thumbs up? Are they, were they, on crack?
A quick little surf around for other’s opinion inside the Google groups and it seems the consensus is “hate” for the new interface changes. Many calls for making it optional (we’ll see if Google eventually concedes on that).
What do you think? I bet you think it sucks too.
Oh No! It Gets Worse, Gmail Inside iGoogle Changes Too. More Suck!
So upon receiving comments to this post, and those comments getting emailed to me for approval, I noticed another change. One that also sucks. When I click on a new email on my little Gmail inbox, in iGoogle, it now opens a box inside iGoogle itself. No longer a separate browser window. On its own not to bad, I suppose. But now all links inside emails are no longer clickable.
The comment notification has approve, delete and spam links in the email itself where normally I can just click the appropriate link and be directed to the Wordpress admin panel where I can then manage the comments. But now I can’t click links in the email. Boooooooooooooo!
Update: There are now live links in the iGoog version of Gmail. +1!
No Signatures in Gmail Either
If you have a signature set in your Gmail account it does not get applied to emails composed while inside the iGoogle version. I sent a few emails, some where i would want my signature line in there, before I noticed this. They BETTER fix that part. Sooner better than later.
Is this gonna turn into another big fiasco like the Facebook changes? The big bad corporation just pushes through its desired changes, everyone screams bloody murder, yet the big bad corporation just turns a deaf ear and waits for everyone to just put up with it?
Gmail Does Not Save your Drafts
This section is a new update as of Nov. 3rd
OMFG! I just lost an email I was carefully crafting in reply to a potential client. Something screwed up when I hit a wrong key and the browser window changed on me. When I go to hunt for the email in my drafts folder it’s not there! Nor was it sent.
If I had been composing it in the full version of Gmail it would have autosaved a draft as I was writing. But no. I just found out the hard way that the new iGoogle version of Gmail is the single worst piece of software on the planet.
Hey Google! IT’S TIME TO GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS AND FIX SOME OF THIS SHIT ALREADY!!!!!!!
And Adding Content Snippets to Feed Boxes, Yet More Suck
So I was looking at my new iGoogle and was wondering why I found it harder to read (scan) the headlines to all my favorite blogs and news sources that I had created individual iGoogle boxes for. It took me a while to notice. They now have little 2 line content snippets. You might think this would be good, but really its not. Nope, it’s not. Take my word for it.
It’s actually harder to scan through all the titles and look to see what’s worthy of a click. That’s what was bothering me but could not figure out till now. Now I have content overload on my iGoogle pages.
And… yet again it eats up space and I have to do a lot more scrolling down to see all my favorite blogs.
Why Google? Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy??????????
Update: One day later and it seems Google fixed this one and the content snippets are gone. Horray!!!
The “New iGoogle Sucks” Keyword List
This post is getting lots of traffic from others, obviously unimpressed with the new iGoogle left navigation tabs. Here is a list of keywords I see in my server logs, and since people are actively looking for answers I respond directly to the following search queries;
- new igoogle sucks (yes it does)
- igoogle tabs on left (unfortunately, yes they are)
- igoogle tabs on top (not any more)
- igoogle tabs suck (that’s what I’ve been saying too)
- hate new igoogle tabs (hate is the right word)
- i hate the new igoogle left navigation bar (I feel your pain)
- i hate igoogle left navigation (shouldn’t someone at Google get fired over this?)
- i hate the new igoogle page (welcome to the club)
- igoogle left navigation sucks (amen brother)
- who hates the new igoogle page (I do, I do!)
- igoogle tabs on the left? (yup, that’s where they are now. Sucks, don’t it?)
- igoogle tabs moved to the left (really stupid spot for them)
- new igoogle sucks oct 2008 (if they stay this way they will suck for much longer than just October)
- why are igoogle tabs on left now? (with the global financial meltdown the execs at GOOG have been smoking crack to try to forget their stock market losses, that’s exactly why they’re on the left.)
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