Google’s Left Margin or: Hey, Twitter’s Good for Something

I noticed a short while ago that the left mar­gin on Google’s search results pages seemed to have increased, and the logo’s size decreased. I asked a friend if he’d noticed, and he said that he hadn’t.

I searched Google for ‘google left mar­gin,’ turn­ing up no results. Of course, if it only hap­pened this morn­ing, noth­ing writ­ten about it would like­ly have been indexed by Google yet — unless they blogged about adding a dozen pix­els to their mar­gin, which seemed unlike­ly. But I had a hunch that if oth­er peo­ple were notic­ing it, they must be talk­ing about it, some­where.

That some­where, of course, is Twit­ter, where my sus­pi­cion was con­firmed. The tagline for search.twitter.com (See what’s hap­pen­ing — right now.) is right — there’s real­ly no bet­ter place to go to find out what peo­ple are say­ing about some­thing that hap­pened between five min­utes and a cou­ple hours ago.

Weird Text Shadows on Google Reader in Firefox 3.1/3.5 Betas

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Does any­body else get these? When you nav­i­gate to your labels or sub­scrip­tions using key­board short­cuts, the high­light­ed item in this modal win­dow thing has a text “shad­ow” or dupli­cate sit­ting ten pix­els over to the left. It’s been both­er­ing me for a while now and I can’t find any­body else talk­ing about it. I guess I’m sup­posed to file a bug?

Google using inline CSS?

With only one font-fam­i­ly? And it’s Ari­al? The nerve!

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I don’t have Ari­al installed, so this shows up as my default serif, because they don’t even both­er to include the gener­ic ‘sans-serif’ font-fam­i­ly.

Google favicons

Almost every­one must have noticed by now that Google has a new fav­i­con for its search/news/maps/etc. pages. I per­son­al­ly hate it, I think aside from being drab, it actu­al­ly doesn’t imme­di­ate­ly evoke “Google.” That low­er-case ‘g’ is not as rec­og­niz­able as they seem to be hop­ing. It’s unfor­tu­nate for them that they’ve end­ed up with few and mea­ger icon­ic brand sig­ni­fiers. Their full ‘logo’ (if you can call it that) doesn’t scale well; maybe the most they have going for them is their col­or scheme, although it is strik­ing­ly sim­i­lar to Windows’/Microsoft’s long-stand­ing col­or scheme. It’s real­ly got them hand­cuffed until they can grace­ful­ly re-brand with some­thing more ver­sa­tile. Good to know, then, that it’s only tem­po­rary.

I’ve also noticed this Google Read­er fav­i­con show­ing up momen­tar­i­ly as the site loads, though only in Opera. It resem­bles the large logo on the offi­cial Google Read­er blog, and I can’t fig­ure out what’s caus­ing it — what is it that Opera is load­ing before the stylesheet tells it to look else­where?