Webmasters Complain About New Google Image Search

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It’s very rare that a major website launches any kind of redesign without any complaints from users. Google is no stranger to this itself, and it should come as no surprise that this week’s launch of the new Google Image Search has come with its own share of complaints (although I’d be surprised if the complaints outweighed the positive opinions).

There is one interesting complaint, however that is coming from webmasters, who have been voicing their frustrations in webmaster forums. "The main issue from a webmaster perspective, as noted in WebmasterWorld, is that when you click on an image, it doesn’t take you to the site," writes Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Roundtable. "Instead, it keeps you on Google, overlays the image in large format on top of your grayed out web site."

"So any ads on your site won’t be clickable after the first click from Google. Users are instructed to either go back, click on the web site with the image or click on the actual image source file," he explains. "I should note that clicking anywhere on the background web site will take you to that web site."

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There have been inevitable comparisons between the new Google Image Search and Bing’s Image Search, but I wouldn’t necessarily count that as a complaint, because since the launch of Bing, people have expressed praise for the image search functionality even if they continued to use Google. It is undeniable, however that Google’s overall user interface has become much more Bing-like in recent months.

The Google Image Search redesign is still in the process of rolling out, so if you don’t have access to it yet, be patient. You will soon.

Webmasters Complain About New Google Image Search
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  • Guest

    They’ve done it before, but that time they were copying “Windows Live Search” image search, after a while they reverted the changes, It’s interensting how Google seems to be fixated into copying any Microsoft search engine even if it reduces the funcionality of their search engine, for example now you can’t see the size or the resolution of the images as easy as you did before and the image preview that pops doesn’t let you see the images under it.

    Google looks like it’s running out of good ideas and the’ve been playing for too long with useless scripts. How come their fade in has been there so much time? It’s only function is to annoy its users.

  • http://www.woic.co.uk Nick

    Just how many pages does it load automatically now when you do a search? I know that its easier for scrolling, but if I do an image search on my phone now am I gona use 30 times the bandwidth without even knowing it?

  • Guest

    I HATE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jim

    I hate the new Google image search. Just when I find a good search for images, it has to go change. Why can’t Google let people decide which search they wish to use. Some of us hate change… change for the sake of change is seldom an improvement. Why change something that worked fine?

  • Mike

    Is there anyway to complain to google? these changes they made are horrible. It takes forever to load and you can not choose which pages you want to look at.

  • Jomama

    Love the concept. Hate the reality. Every time I do an image search now I get the

  • chib

    Use google.com.au, the new image search isn’t there yet.


  • Guest

    I don’t like the new page. It isn’t immediate enough in terms of offering info about the location of the photo. You may not want to actually click onto that site or maybe another will offer additional useful information. having to scroll over every picture is a pain. It also doesn’t look very good. It looks disordered and clumpy.

  • http://www.gazoomy.com Lotte

    I prefer simple and easy, and the new image search isn’t either. It’s thumbnail overload and I hate faffing around hovering over images. The worst issue is that it’s as slow as a drunk geriatric snail.

    Very good comment above regarding people who pay for bandwidth. You can switch to the old version by clicking the link at the bottom, but you’ll use a few meg getting down that far.

    • sgj

      Thank you! didnt know about the link at the bottom, to change it back to the old image search. I really dislike the new design, and this sort of fix it :)

  • mikeb

    Is this supposed to be an improvement? Image search with Google used to be quite accurate, now when you do a general search for something all kinds of rubbish appears and scrolling through the images is likely to result in a severe headache!!……….a case of not broken, so why fix it!

  • Guestlist

    It looks nicer, but a lot of important information is now time consuming to get. It’s only available on mouse over. This reduces the functionality greatly. Image resolution and the server name is important to me. This is because some image search results are traps with scanners and viruses. If i encounter one, i must mouse over every image to avoid that server, dull! The image search steals memory and eventually kills my firefox.

  • Annoyed

    So Google… in their infinite wisdom… has again decided what’s best for us… without asking or listening. Several weeks ago they launched their forced wallpaper backgrounds and when everyone immediately started complaining and going elsewhere… only then did they gave us an option not to use it.
    Now they have given us this (forced) blog-esq, bottomless pit, image search that is nowhere as neat and tidy as the (page at a time) engine that helped them to draw such a large following to begin with. I personally hate “blog” type formats as they cause too much scrolling, clutter and wasted use of RAM. This looks like it was designed by someone who didn’t put much time or thought into the needs of others and obviously grew up using the bottomless pit of “blogging”… instead of learning how to write source codes for HTML. HEY… If they can give me an option to permanently turn off “SafeSearch” then they should be able to put in a simple command line that allows me a default to the “basic version”. I don’t even write source codes and I could figure that one out in less than 30 minutes.
    Honestly… how many websites would any of us revisit if say Ebay, YouTube, NewEgg, ect… were laid out like this?
    I keep seeing lazy thought patterns on both the Internet, Hollywood television/movies, ect… and wonder if I’m just doomed to exist in a decaying world full of egos without ears.
    Meanwhile… I’ll start using “Imagery” @ http://elzr.com/imagery . It seems like a usable alternative and I’ve actually found more stuff on it than on Google. I would never have found them if not for this latest blonder from Goop-L so… keep up the good work of pushing a lot of us in a different direction!
    I believe that the Big ‘G’ could easily become the next AOL very quickly if they don’t start listening and learning.

  • Guest today is maxx

    New image search is UNEFFICIENT since it requires precious extra seconds in reloading content. it doesnt add any functionalities, the way before allowed to have MUCH MORE INFO in LESS TIME.

    It promises to show you the full size image but then it just isolate a thumb.
    Any ways, they’ll keep it like this cause multi millionnaires can only do stupid things; Anyone knows of a multimillionnaire who does useful caring loving good for all things?

  • Guest

    I despise the new google image search. There needs to be an option to turn it off permanently. Or I can be patient enough for someone to write a firefox plug-in that fixes it

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