Google Sidebar Not Popular

Google recently added the Everything Sidebar to (the left of) its search results page, causing the actual results to shift to nearly the middle of the screen. It seems that most people agree that it is not very useful and is very distracting and design-wise, is quite a failure. Google doesn’t seem fazed by the negative response and left it in anyway.

At least they are honest in their searches. When you type in google everything sidebar, Google Suggest offers a bunch of related searches, all of which involve getting rid of the sidebar. Here’s a screencap (the bold items were added by Google Suggest, almost as though they expect you to want to get rid of the sidebar).

Screencap of Google search suggestions showing most searches for “Google Everything Sidebar” results in questions on getting rid of it.

Ignoring the suggestions and performing a search on the basic query returns honest results. Every single one of the results on the first page (and likely the next several pages) is about getting rid of the sidebar. Here’s a screencap (the highlighted terms were added afterwards to quickly show that every single result is about removal of the sidebar).

Screencap of Google search suggestions showing most searches for “Google Everything Sidebar” results in questions on getting rid of it.

I’d say that Google should take a hint from their users and get rid of the sidebar since that is clearly what everybody wants, but it seems that they already know it; they just don’t care.

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