Google’s New Layout Causes Widespread Outrage. Do You Like It?

July 30, 2013  |  

Certainly, if you have Gmail, you’ve noticed that your inbox looks a little different. The reaction to Google mail’s new layout proves that the public does not like change. With Gmail now separating e-mails into three categories, Primary, Social, and Promotions, many Google users are already missing the previous format, reports The Daily Beast.

“Anyone adjusting to the new #gmail? I keep losing messages!,” claims a Twitter user. Google’s decision to separate emails into three tabs has caused widespread dissonant chatter. Emails that are personal messages with regular contacts are grouped into the Primary tab. Messages that are received through social networks such as Facebook and Twitter are placed in the Social tab. Lastly, marketing messages with fall into the Promotions tab.

Although the email service seems more organized, Gmail consumers are craving the traditional layout while clinging on to the age-old adage: why fix something if it’s not broken? “Those tabs are stupid and clumsy to use… I just don’t get their psychotic aversion to giving g-mail users what they keep asking for,” one tells The Daily Beast.

The author of The Daily Beast piece tells uptight Google users to “simmer way, way down” as there is an easy way to disable the oh-so-horrifying tabs. He says a simple click of “settings tab” will grant grumbling users their wishes:

It looks like a little gear over on the top right side of the page, right beneath that hot little profile picture of yourself. Click it, click settings, click “configure inbox” and unclick all those tabs that Google enabled for you.

While that has been solved, many people are still upset over one more thing. Google’s new tab layout also has a new devious way of selling its users products. “A number of users have reported seeing adverts under their ‘Promotions tab,’” adds The Huffington Post. The advertisement looks exactly like a genuine message, however when you click on it, you are greeted with an advertisement you unintentionally clicked on.

Google is defending their new advertising format. They believe the promotions tab is a more appropriate place for advertising than “appearing at the top of your inbox,” Google tells VentureBeat. “You can also dismiss the ads you see in your Promotions tab by clicking the ‘X’ button on the right-hand side.”

Despite the public backlash, it seems like Google isn’t caving into any kind of pressure to revert its new layout back to the old one.

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