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4/24/13
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Searchey

What has happened to Google instant page previews?

I used to use the page preview in Google search, where you put the mouse over the two small arrows to the right of the search result (like >>) to see what the page is before you click the result. Today it seems to have gone and all I have is a green arrow with a link to see the cached page. So, does anyone have any information or thoughts on this, I can't seem to find any information that Google has published about it?
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Jessica S.
4/25/13
Jessica S.

Hi Searchey,


As we’ve streamlined the results page, we’ve had to remove certain features, such as Instant Previews.  

Instant previews saw very low usage by our users, and we’ve decided to focus on streamlining the page to benefit more users.


Thanks!

Jess


Ryan McBride
4/25/13
Ryan McBride
Darnit, I wish that you wouldn't remove it because it's very helpful when I want to view several sites quickly without having to load each one, or if it's some dodgy link and I don't want to actually go to the website.
Ryan McBride
4/25/13
Ryan McBride
And it probably had low usage because you freaking hid the button. Average people wouldn't even know the >> button was there until they accidentally hovered over it and clicked it. If you want people to use a feature, don't hide it from them.
Allen Turner
4/25/13
Allen Turner
RIGHT! The little icon for previewing a page before clicking on the link was very faint to see. In fact, if your monitor's contrast setting wasn't set just perfectly, you wouldn't know it was there.
 
Obviously, someone at Google with a heart for the consumer invented this useful tool. It looks like he/she was fired, or overruled by the new Google, Inc. management crowd, which places income above all else. They caused the little carrot icon to become harder and harder to see, thereby reducing usage. It was then easy to accommodate the advertisers who were griping about pages not being viewed in full. Google simply axed the feature. It's as simple (and disgusting) as that.
 
Trying to find the closest restaurants in the Google Maps Android app puts advertisers over users as well. But that's another subject...
 
Why can't Google "invent" premium services for those of us who want to be treated like the "Valued Customer" we used to be treated like? We'll gladly pay for the privilege!
-Allen in Chicagoland
Google user
4/25/13
Google user
I am so sad to see this feature removed. Actually, shocked is the word. This is key to doing research in a timely manner so as not to open every single possible search result. What a waste of time.
 
I used this every day, several times a day.
 
Can it not be kept and enabled as needed? I don't mind doing so. Please consider re-adding it.
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Christina Garcia
5/5/14
Christina Garcia
Add it back....please! It was a wonderful to preview the video.
 
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