Whats up with the Google Formatting Change?

Google Strange Formatting of Search Results May 2011

I may be too hungover but when I did a search this morning for my new favorite song of the minute(We no speak americano, thanks Greg and his Hanover Coffee) the formatting of the search results at Google were totally different. Maybe I have a speech impediment or something but this is quite the change. I wonder whats going on?

Google Strange Formatting of Search Results May 2011
Google Strange Formatting of Search Results May 2011

Google +1 is +lame

Google announced their latest attempt to not be so 2003 today and called it +1. Personally I think Google needs to hire me for their marketing efforts. Watch the video and let me know what you think.

Nerding: Google Reader gets Suggestions Wrong

I loves me some RSS feeds. Being able to skip through headlines without any cumbersome graphics to slow things down is what I need. Google Reader is the RSS reader of the day. Its fast and easy to use. With Reeder on my iPhone and iPad and soon on my Mac I can look through a lot of material very quickly and identify topics of interest for me or my clients.

One glaring issue I have with Google Reader however is how it makes suggestions. When you find a new RSS feed that you want to add to reader you see this:

Google Reader gets Suggestions Wrong
Google Reader gets Suggestions Wrong

Now dont get me wrong I love me some suggestions and Google is really good at suggesting relevant feeds. The problem is that the suggestions show up before I have finalized the subscription to the original feed that I wanted. Once I click on the Subscribe button the suggestions no longer appear here. Instead you have to click on the Feed Settings button and mouse over More Like This to see this:

Google Reader Suggestions are too hidden
Google Reader Suggestions are too hidden

Once again I appreciate Google making these suggestions, but they are way too hidden for most users. Make this more visible please Google. I suggest showing them right after I Subscribe to a feed and then occasionally once a month or so.