Why Google’s bookmark manager and Docs have purposefully bad UI

Published Monday, July 12th, 2021

From Dave Lynam's post on the Bookmark OS blog:

Google’s core business is still search. By neglecting UI and design for these products, Google corals user behavior into a “search-first” mentality. The more disorganized you become, the more reliant you become on search, and Google benefits.

I’ve often heard people say they no longer use bookmarks any more and just rely on search. I wonder if that truly is the most practical solution for them or if it is the result of a self-serving dark pattern from Google.

Makes you wonder, doesn't it?

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