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Weekend Update

By - May 24, 2008

Thanks for all the feedback on the new design. We’re going to push it live this Sunday night and keep tweaking it, there were a ton of good suggestions and we can’t get them all in at once. I prefer to launch and iterate, rather than try to get everything perfect.

Secondly, I am going to work on two pieces of writing this week. Both will probably be posted in full at the Future of Search site, but I’ll summarize them here as well. The first will be a rumination on what the future might look like if a major like Microsoft of Yahoo opened its index fully (for a tiny bit of background, read this), and the second will be roughly titled “Is the Future of Search About Getting Paid?” That one will be my thoughts on Microsoft’s recent news and its deeper implications.

So if you have thoughts on either, let me know!

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10 thoughts on “Weekend Update

  1. The MS paid search thing seems very much like a gimmick and reminds me of those ‘get paid to surf the internet’ schemes of years back. Most people use a search engine because of it’s quality results not to rack up points or whatever.
    -Hermes Birkin

  2. Markus says:

    John, have you had a peek at yet?

  3. A more cheeful theme would have been nice. The colors are still quite subdued and neutral.

    How about a little cheer for just the summer – it does not have to be so corporate and conservative

    Another idea would be to change the design theme of the blog to reflect the seasons of the year

  4. Jeremy Dion says:

    Have you tried looking at your new layout with Firefox 3.0 release candidate? It’s a mess! Here are the details:

    Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10.4; en-US; rv:1.9) Gecko/2008051202 Firefox/3.0

  5. gabe says:

    I love the design. All white background. It’s amazing how simple looking design can be so powerful as a navigation tool. Great work.

  6. Ivan says:

    Jeremy — I suspect that all you need is a reload to pick up all the changes.

    This is what I’m seeing in Firefox 3. I have the same configuration as you (Mac, 10.4,etc.)

    Thanks for the comment — I added a couple more precautions to mitigate any stale cache issues.

  7. John says:

    John, I really like the new design, but I’ve never understood the desk cam pic? Does it ever change?

  8. @John – No it does not change. It’s just a shot I took a long time ago. Now it’s sort of historical…

  9. nmw says:


    I agree with your choice to stick with keeping “content” stuck together (as opposed to “advertising” (which now envolops what people generally consider to be “content”).

    Perhaps the reason I had suggested the other way around would have “shaken up” too many people notions — like saying that there really is no difference between “fiction” and “non-fiction” would shake up people who believe that there is… (?)

    🙂 nmw

  10. David Brooks says:

    nice redesign, simple and clean. i like it!