A thread was started in freechat, and then I realised not all will see it. Excerpts from said thread:
Have sent feedback. Suggest you do likewise if you don't like it.
Tried Google and was the old one, refreshed a couple of times the new one appeared.
Refreshed again, and back came the old one.
I agree it's a backward step.
Well the cookies/cache clear worked for a couple of hours.
Some possible solutions:
Rich Anton Jr.
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11:08 AM (2 hours ago)
Below are two scripts which bring the side bar back. Hope this helps.
Google Search Tools Back (http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/152796)
To install using chrome
Download the script you want
Open your extensions chrome://chrome/extensions/
Drag the userscript .user.js file and drop it to the page above (your extensions page)
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11:27 AM (1 hour ago)
Brilliant. at last something sensible - and presumably not from Google.
works a treat with Firefox too, one you've installed GreaseMonkey
it is interesting to note that there was a significant rejection of the sidebar when it was originally introduced.
think the moral of this story is that you should always give people the choice.
especially when the tools to 'customise' your look and feel are relatively easy to manipulate.
after all, why shouldn't I be able to lay out my screen the way I want it, not the way some designer thinks it should be.
I haven't tried either. I'm looking to see Google's response to the complaints.
I spent a little time reading about it at the weekend. It seems Google have been 'experimenting' for the mobile device market. The jist of many complaints is that mobiles are fine, and give them their version, but mobiles don't create content, so much as view it. With three clicks instead of one for country search, large images etc, and Google completely removing the option to search a specific image size, it's a backward step. Some are threatening to move to Bing (no better) as a protest.
You can probably find google group discussions on the subject if you want to add your comments.