Google goes maxi-minimal with experimental home page
The only items on the experimental page: the famed multi-colored Google logo and the search box.
It's classy and minimal -- think of it as the Philip Glass of Web pages.
Not that the classic Google home page was all that crowded anyway. The version I use has only 22 words that were eliminated by the experiment.
How do I know? Because the TechCrunch folks have figured out a way to simulate the minimal page, at least in some cases.
Their method, which is on their blog post, worked perfectly for me on a Mac, on both the Firefox and Safari browsers. And it was easy to get my "missing" links back -- all I had to do was drag my cursor out of the search box and they faded in as if they were never gone.
But a couple of caveats before you try it. Judging from the comments on the blog, many people were unable to make the method work. And my own warning: now that I have it working on Safari, I can't seem to get rid of it, even by shutting the browser down and restarting.
I'm guessing I can get back to normal by finding the appropriate cookie in Safari and eliminating it. But I'm in no hurry -- I truly like the sleek, new look.
In this era of information overload, the minimal styling is not only classy, it's refreshing.
-- David Colker