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How good is your search engine? Considering switching from Google to Live? First take the "lose the address bar challenge."

Here is my challenge to all of you, which I plan on starting myself, right now! Stop using the address bar in your browser toolbars and only get where you need to go using your existing links and search engine.

Why? This is the best way to test out the search engine that is right for you. How many times do you get stopped and have to resort back to the URL?

As many of us on GWB are web developer's you will get a couple of additional benefits. A lot of users out there never really use the address bar or fear it all together. Get to know the web from their point of view. Plus you may be shocked to find out how easy or hard it is to find your sites without the address.

I also like having my web browsing history stored on Google, which becomes more accurate if I use it for everything. Maybe I would feel differently if I used AOL :)

Good luck, and let me know your results.

UPDATE: Scott Cadillac makes a good point in the comments: I want to see the exact address of the site I'm on - in case some site I'm visiting has been compromised and I've been redirect to a phishing site or something. So I have ammended the post to read "stop using" instead of "remove the" address bar. Even phishing filters tend to use the address bar as part of the visual que

Posted on Friday, August 25, 2006 10:05 AM Miscellaneous | Back to top


Comments on this post: Lose The Address Bar Challenge

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The first thing I noticed is how hard it is to send someone a link to something. The second, embedding images in GWB.
Left by Scott Kuhl on Aug 25, 2006 10:13 AM

# re: Lose The Address Bar Challenge
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Sorry, but I would never recommend this. Although I'm not a typical user (being a programmer), I still want the address bar as a paranoia feature.

I want to see the exact address of the site I'm on - in case some site I'm visiting has been compromised and I've been redirect to a phishing site or something.

And yes I know the address bar itself can be "faked" too, or hidden by framesets, blah, blah, etc..., but I still prefer to see it and often tell people to be mindful of the address when submitting sensitive information to a website.

My 2 cents...
Left by Scott Cadillac on Aug 25, 2006 11:05 AM

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