What are Google Tabs?

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I have no idea if this is new, old, or some kind of new UI test but Jill Savvy pm'd me this Flickr shot of a Google UI featuring a very different (for Google) kind of tabbed interface.

If anyone can shed some light on that, it'd be appreciated!

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I saw that come up few weeks

I saw that come up few weeks back but missed getting a pic - grey box area would be search results.

It's been mentioned before about Google playing with different presentation features - I think it was mentioned on Threadwatch and I described the above, but not sure which thread it was on.

Me too

I saw this appear briefly on the 10th.

could it be just

.. user stylesheets?

seems like it should be possible to do

I took this screenshot but

I took this screenshot but forgot to post it!

http://phil.kaisa.org.uk/google-ui/screen.jpeg

old?

is it just me or isn't that what google used to look like a couple of years ago?

that was taken on Wed 10th

that was taken on Wed 10th August at around 9am (GMT)

I refreshed the screen and it went back to normal.

Not radical depature

They have had tabs for ages, they are just playing catchup with the aesthetics?

I saw this a month or so

I saw this a month or so ago...

It does look remarkably like the old Google interface circa 2002...

It must be an old datacenter

It must be an old datacenter that still have an old copy of Google UI. That coloured adwords are two years old. It is not a new UI test.
This month I have seen several times in google.com.mx

I find it hard to believe

I find it hard to believe that Google leave old versions knocking around to crop up every now and again (or rather on one particular day).

Especially versions of a UI

Especially versions of a UI that is over 3 years old.

How do the results on those pages correlate to results we see today? (I didn't check)

Although, when I saw it today it did say Google (c) 2005.

If it was an old UI then surely it would have an older date?

At the time I checked the

At the time I checked the search results against results in the normal UI. One result was different.

The major difference is that the Adwords are a difereent colour so I imagine they're just testing ways to maximixe revenue.

I can't find a record of

I can't find a record of that being an old UI

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.google.com

Can't see the search results

Can't see the search results (Of course),

But this looks pretty similiar
http://web.archive.org/web/20020909070533/www.google.com/

No really, it's old

This really is the old UI. Anyone remember this sketch?

http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/text/victories.html

Edit: Actually, I take that back a bit. Google didn't do Local way back when. Photoshoppery?

No, I have seen that UI with

No, I have seen that UI with local on it.

It's no PS trick.

Odd that people are saying

Odd that people are saying it disappears when they refresh though. Google usually select your cookie for experimentation, not just that particular page impression.

You know... I might not have

You know... I might not have seen that local tab on there...
I'm not sure now...

But you're right - normally you'd get to browse a bit using the new interface before they take it away again - How are they supposed to track how it performs otherwise?

same results

Hey there, I had been getting that about every 20 searches or so throughout this past week. The next search i take it goes back to normal. I'm based in NY. The results were the same as a search without the tabs, but the majority of the time I saw it was on a URL search.

Jill

what's the big deal?

All they have done is move the tabs from the top of the page to the top of the search results, ok, and made them more tab looking.
Maybe interesting to a usability or conversion specialist, but not really that different for more of a generalist.

oldie...

http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/text/victories.html

I just got this on one of the mailing lists I read...

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