Google promises to 'experiment' with Search results following ad backlash


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Instead of ads alone having a small icon to help them stand out, all websites now have these "favicons" next to their search results. Google claims the decision was made to put a site's branding front and center, but there's reason to doubt that motivation.

Previous studies already suggested that up to 40-60 percent of Search users are "unaware of or unable to distinguish ads from organic search results." This new change could only have increased that number, or at least made it more consistent. That's good news for Google as it means a higher ad click-through rate, but for users who appreciate transparency, the changes are less than ideal.

Fortunately for them, Google seems to have taken their feedback on board -- sort of. In a series of Tweets published today, the company announced that it will be "experimenting" with favicon placements for Search results over the coming weeks. Some users might not see favicons at all, while others will see them in different areas.

Hopefully, Google only makes these changes to favicon placement for normal Search results. If it applies the tweaks to all results, ads included, then we'll likely find ourselves back in the same situation we're in now.

Masthead credit: TechCrunch

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Google is always experimenting, and breaking stuff. After what they did the last time, I permanently disabled Chrome on my Android phone.