How’s You’re Home Page?

I’ve been really challenged lately to always strive to keep things simple.  Be it process, or technology, or relationships the best is the simplest (if that’s a word).

So I heard someone talking about the value of MSN live search, I’ve never used it, and I have a feeling that most people doing web search haven’t either.

cluter tastic

clutter-tastic

MSN’s home page is way to complicated, When I went to it, I really didn’t know where to start.  It would seem that MSN live search is trying to be too much.

Google on the other hand, is noted for it’s simplicity.

clean

clean

Look at that.  What can you do on the google home page?  Exactly one thing, search.  Google started as a search engine and in their simplicity they have created a dominant position in the search field.  Once you get into the google universe of online apps you can see the great depth of what Google offers, but they started it all with one thing that they did very well.  Search.

So How’s your homepage?  And I don’t mean the front page of your organization’s website.  What about you as a person?  Are you simple in a good way?  Do people know what you are about?  Are you accessible?

What can you do today to clear your homepage?  What do you need to eliminate?  What do you need to hold on to?

UPDATE:  I’ve never heard of it until my friend Josh pointed it out.  This is the live search home page.  The real question is why have I never heard of live.com?  I’ve never heard anyone say, “I’ll live it!”

live

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2 thoughts on “How’s You’re Home Page?

  1. One small correction that doesn’t really change the truth of your thought but does change the evidence a little.

    I notice you are at msn.com which is not the pure live search page, http://www.live.com. if you visit live.com you will see a similar approach to simplicity.

    msn.com has a much broader scope and mission than live.com. You could go into an entire rant about how MS is clueless when it comes to marketing and communication. The fact that you go to msn to experience search rather than the true search site is not your fault it is theirs. Anyway…I rant.

    Just an observation.

  2. good call josh, I’ve never even heard of live.com before. It’s much cleaner, but why have I never heard of it. I wonder if google is blocked on all microsoft corporate computers.

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