On Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 8:37 PM, worthbanner@gmai... <worthbanner@gmai...> wrote:
> Surely the new look must have resulted from Google's desire to create more
> space for ads, otherwise what could possibly be considered the efficacy of
> ditching self-identifying links for icons?
It's just my opinion, mind you ... but I think what's driving Google's
use of icons rather than text labels, is recognition of the fact that
their user base is international.
In Gmail, you and I have the option to have those buttons display text
labels again. If you want that, enable it!
On my screen display, the buttons could have been made a lot smaller
... if leaving space for ads was the only reason. Since they didn't
make them smaller, I don't think that was the reason.