If Google Made a Yahoo-like Start Page

Steve Bryant over at Google Watch did a mock-up on how he thinks the Google home page would look if it was designed by Yahoo. How did he came up with this idea?

A few weeks ago, when Jeremy Zawodny discovered that Google had ripped off a Yahoo page design, I thought it’d be fun to create a Google start page that looked like Yahoo’s. So here it is, just a little fun what-if comp. I’m no designer, so don’t yell at me for substituting the wrong fonts and getting the kerning wrong, and blah blah blah.

And yeah, I know Google would never design something like this. But at the least, it gives you an idea of how Google really is a “portal,” and how well all its apps fit together into a more work-oriented Yahoo start page.

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I have to admit, that doesn’t look half bad. However, the chances of Google going away from their simple search start page is pretty slim, or none.

Source: TechCrunch

29 thoughts on “If Google Made a Yahoo-like Start Page”

  1. Matt says:

    With all of the google tools I use, I kind of wish they would make a centralized portal-style page like Yahoo’s. It would be convenient having windows for all of my google tools on one page.

  2. adrian says:

    Hmm… that page looks familiar… Pretty funny design actually.

  3. Alex Becker says:

    yea this will never happen

  4. Andy says:

    That looks so good

  5. Raghu says:

    I did see this a couple of days though I must say I did not like it too much – cant ever imagine Google this way

  6. HMTKSteve says:

    For basic search, keep it as it is.

    If you sign-in to Google there is a portal page of sorts.

  7. Stew says:

    I saw it on TechCrunch a few days back, to be honest I’d prefer it than the current.

  8. feverinlove says:

    I actually like that design

  9. Nomar says:

    I think Google should get rid of the too simple start page, they can earn alot more money if they create a page like yahoo….

    people will notice the links and click it.. without searching it on google itself. more profit for google i think.

    great idea

  10. john see if you cant make a poll for the site, which one people would prefer. Personally, i like the simple search as it is.

  11. Ryan says:

    Google uses a simple start page because they want it to be simple. It’s always been that way, and it’s something they’ve tried really hard to keep the same.

    If you want modules on the page you can create your own custom “Google Home”, and honestly there’s so much crap on Yahoo’s page that I never use it.

    The notion that Google would make more money if they did a site like this is kinda crazy, because it’d be a pain in the ass to use.

  12. G says:

    Google already has a decent, customizable start page:


  13. Stew says:

    I really like Yahoo’s creativity in their applications.. they only lack the brilliant user friendly functionality (AJAX/JS) and search algo… If they could muster up those two things, I may turn into a Yahoo Fanboy (and stock holder :D)

  14. Tyler says:

    It’s not bad looking (the mocked up Google Page) but I too like the simplisticness (is that a word?) of the current Google main page.

    Simple is better! Well I guess sometimes it is.

  15. Ryan says:

    Oh, and I think Google would use Google Video instead of YouTube. 😉

  16. Alex Becker says:

    haha I noticed that. yea they would have news videos instead of YouTube videos.

  17. Tyler says:

    I didn’t even notice that it was YouTube and not Google Video.

  18. Jeff says:

    They have customizable homepages, and you don’t need to log in with your ID for it either. It’s just a matter of cookies I think.. or some other memory technique. Anyhow, when I hit Google, I get sports and entertainment, news, stock, weather, horoscopes etc. You can customize it to have much more if you like…

    I personally believe in giving people options, and I’m all for what Google already has right now.

  19. Nik Agarwal says:

    I prefer the current setup that Google has. They should have a separate URL for a customized homepage rather than dump alot of information onto the front page. I think the most appealing thing about google has been their front page which has a few links and just the search bar. I find Yahoo’s approach a bit too “noisy.”

  20. As others have noted, you can create a customized Google page much like you can with My Yahoo. For searching purposes, I rarely actually visit google.com and typically just type a search in the box within Firefox.

    Little did I know that Mozilla was making big bank off of that until John’s story a week or two ago.

  21. Ed Lau says:

    I think most of us would prefer it the way it is now. I mean, it loads fast and…seriously, we don’t need a start page to tell us what to look for.

  22. David Mackey says:

    I actually wish Google had a start page. They could make it optional – but I really like the centrality Yahoo! offers and use them for things like finding movies, looking up people, or researching buying a house – Google is losing out.

  23. Jane says:

    I use google as my home page just because the first thing I do when I turn on my computer is search for something unfamiliar to me. The layout now is perfect for me…not to mention, kinesthenically, my muscle memory will always go to that middle toolbar to start my search and it would be damn near impossible to retrain my hand 🙂

  24. I don’t ever see myself switching from a simple clean (fast loading) search page. I use other google things some of the time, but if and when I want them, I go to them, and don’t need them cluttering up my search page. In fact as I use firefoxs google search box I hardly ever even see google.coms front page in any case.

    I’m sure some users would appreciate this style of Google Portal, but I would think that the majority of Googlites would stick to clean/fast/information seeking.


  25. Tyler says:

    I tried using Yahoo’s page a while ago, and I just couldn’t keep it as my homepage.

    My homepage is always set to blank on my machines, and I just didnt really find the information on Yahoo’s Portal page any useful to me. So I would assume if Google ever did one, I would find it useless to me as well.

  26. Michael Kwan says:

    I think that they should keep it as is for basic search, because if people want anything more, they have that “Personalized Home” thing, complete with news, weather, horoscopes, custom RSS feeds, etc. that you can move around in a modular kind of way, realigning things to your liking. Heck, it’s even got tabs (though I find moving between tabs is kinda slow)

  27. Ryan says:

    I’ve found that Google’s personalized home page is 1000x better than the My Yahoo! product. My Yahoo! can’t get my RSS feeds right half the time. It’s a real pain, and I rarely use it anymore.

  28. Nomar says:

    yeah, make a poll in your topics, i think more people will vote than reply

  29. Marc says:

    Google will avoid a front page like this like the plague. Besides they’ve adressed the needs of the people who need everything on one page with their cutomization option. I have a friend who has his Google page customized to include lots of junk. If you really want it, you can already have it.

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