Comments on: The density barbell http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/12/08/the-density-barbell/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: H2O2 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/12/08/the-density-barbell/comment-page-1/#comment-33953 Mon, 12 Dec 2011 18:40:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=11427#comment-33953 I agree I definitely don’t like the new google interfaces either, but essentially I’d disagree with anything that changes just because I’m used to it. I’m sure in 6 months I’ll never remember the old interfaces anyway. The sidebar in gmail is pretty dang annoying though.

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By: Auros http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/12/08/the-density-barbell/comment-page-1/#comment-33856 Fri, 09 Dec 2011 05:21:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=11427#comment-33856 Count me among the folks who HATE much of the recent redesigns at Google, especially GMail. My biggest beef is that they’ve compressed all the left-sidebar widgets (calendar, docs, chat, labels) into a single floating pseudo-frame. So now instead of being able to simply scroll among those widgets with a flick of my finger, I have to actually focus my attention in that area, find the appropriate teeny little button, move the pointer there, and click it. After having had a simple, easy way to get access to all these things for years, this is INTENSELY annoying.

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By: sretuers http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/12/08/the-density-barbell/comment-page-1/#comment-33850 Thu, 08 Dec 2011 21:11:03 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=11427#comment-33850 Gawker = unreadable. I was especially depressed after the redesign because I liked io9. But so it goes; you sell yourself to the devil then you have to dance the devil’s tune.

It seems to me over the past 8 years or so that all redesigns are aimed at increasing ad impressions and clicking. Also, clean RSS feeds have dwindled – in fact, I don’t even bother to subscribe feeds like Wired that only give you the title, one sentence, and a link.

So, ultimately, everything is Google’s fault!

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By: gwaitersesq http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/12/08/the-density-barbell/comment-page-1/#comment-33848 Thu, 08 Dec 2011 19:47:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=11427#comment-33848 People are probably sharing more Gawker Media content not because the redesign “[made] every Gawker Media webpage extremely dense”, but because the redesign made every Gawker Media webpage *unreadable* and they’d would prefer to read it, y’know, like a webpage instead of a faux iPad (which somehow looks even worse on the iPad than on a desktop computer). The current format constantly has flow problems, with text running over ads (which isn’t intentional) and ads taking over images (which certainly is).

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