Google announced yesterday that they super sized their search box. I haven’t personally seen the changes when I visit Google.com, but a number of blogs, colleagues, and Twitter friends have mentioned the new phenomenon. Google’s claims that the change was, “because it symbolizes our focus on search and because it makes our clean, minimalist homepage even easier and more fun to use” I think they just had search box envy. Below is a comparison of the top 3 search engines and their search box sizes as they appear now. You’ll see that Google is in fact the longest now with Bing trailing just behind.
So does size matter? Not really. When you compare market share from July, the search boxes are out of order. According to Compete, Google held 73.75% of the market share, Yahoo held 15.6% of the market share, and Bing held 6.8%. I wonder if Yahoo is going to go in and have a search box enlargement done now that Google has. Is this what we’ve come to? The “my search box is bigger than your search box” game? Cuz if that’s the case, Wolfram|Alpha has them all beat.