This post will go over how to hack the URL to get the back to the old http://google.com/ig page! Several months ago google changed their layout of the pages from TABS at the top of the page to TABS at the left hand side of the page. I found since they did that the RSS feeds tended to load MUCH slower then the old way.
What do the old version look like?
What does the new one look like?
How did I find out?
Well sometimes the best things in life come to you because of a fluke. This one is no exception. I had just finished installing Windows 7 on my laptop. Google’s site was having issues loading (it was on their end). When ever their servers go down Google it seems puts you back in the classic “http://google.com/ig” page. Because the first thing I do when setting up a computer is setting up my default page I hit “use this link as the default homepage”.
I never thought anything of it. I noticed that after a few days on my laptop I was still getting my old “IG” page. Where as my desktop and every other machine was not.
That got me thinking? Is it a cookie? I deleted all the cookies and that did not make a difference. I then looked at the URL in my browser. The first thing I noticed there was that there were a bunch of server side commands added on to the URL.
I then typed letter for letter the URL on my laptop into the URL on my desktop. Voila! That machine was now using the old theme. I then tried it on another machine just to make sure. I tried it on a Windows XP machine at work and it worked the exact same way.
So, if you want to get back the old “http://google.com/ig” type this:
Is the “?hl=en&source=iglk” that makes the difference.
What do you think. Do you like the new or old version of the web page?