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New Google Navigation Bar Rolls Out – Social Layer Coming?

Bar Strangely Absent on Some of Google's Most Social Properties

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Google users may notice a new top navigation bar across Google search, Gmail, and possibly other Google services. 

Google’s statement: "Last week we tested a new top navigation bar, which increases consistency across most of Google’s properties and is a visual update over the previous top navigation bar. We are now rolling this new bar out widely."

MG Siegler at TechCrunch suggests that this could be related to the Google social toolbar it is supposed to be releasing, tentatively called Google+1. This seems like a reasonable assumption, based on previous reports
Google Navigation Bar - Where's the Social?

 

The bar isn’t on YouTube at this point, which would presumably be one of the most important pieces of Google’s social initiative, but that doesn’t mean it won’t appear there sooner or later. 

Strangely, I’m not even seeing it on Google Reader (another important piece of the company’s social pie), which falls more in line with the design of the Google products that do have the bar. The same goes for Google Docs, Calendar, and Picasa Web Albums (all potentially very social).

There’s really not much to the bar at this point. It just displays your name with a drop down menu revealing your Gmail address and a sign out option, along with the standard settings menu, which now has a more Chrome-like feel.

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  • Guest

    It appears that Google is still in the process of rolling this out. Some of my friends are still seeing the old nav bar on Google search and Gmail. If that’s the case, then Reader / Docs / Calendar / etc. may still be in the queue for the change-over.

    • Chris Crum

      Yeah, that would make sense. I wonder if YouTube is going to be included in the current roll-out though, given its different design. For social, it’s Google’s strongest property.

  • Guest

    I don’t think a two-click signout is cool….