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Oh, so I just got #newgoogleplus
Hmm. So instead of all the information sitting in the center with lots of space wasted on both sides, now everything is sitting on the left with LOTS of space wasted to the right of it. Of course I can't switch back to count pixels to see if the content area got any bigger... but it sure doesn't seem so .
I'm sure we'll get used to it, but for now I'm a bit underwhelmed.
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My screen of my laptop, and the one on my desk, are wider than they are high.
A fact that sadly seems to be lost on many graphical designers nowadays.
 
I have a problem with the actual posts being somehow visually lost, they don't seem to be defined anymore.
 
It would be great if you can add anotger column, for example with the stream of another circle! 
 
I did a measurement on my 1366x768 monitor. It used to waste 792px: it used to have 574 px of content between the two vertical lines. Now the text boxes are 500 px wide, plus the photo, bringing it up to 560 px.

The big difference now are the icons to the left and the chat boxes to the right that are unmovable. This reduces the whitespace to just 414px for me.
 
Is the space really wasted, or is it just clutter (advertisement) free?
 
Don't threaten us, +Chris Mason...
It is wasted in the sense that I'd rather have a wider content column and more content per screen... as I lamented in another post just today, screen resolution and especially vertical screen resolution is at a premium. Worse, screens get wider, but G+ seems to do better on a vertical screen.
Newsflash - yes, phones are vertical, but I am sitting on a computer right now... and I want a UI that's designed for that. Not a phone UI that I look at on a computer.
 
I one thread, someone made the comment that reading wide test is harder for people. I certainly think that widening the posts to fill horizontal space might not be a good thing.

I do not like all the lines and boxes though.
 
+Dirk Hohndel sadly this is a disease amongst designers that is not limited to G+. A certain website we both know and that should go live "any time now" has the same problem, and when I commented about it, I got laughed out of the room by the decision maker....
 
I actually hate the new screens (wide screen). I find I can't read code as well, as everything seems squished. I've got two normal 4:3 screens still working, and hoping to keep them as long as possible. I'm not watching movies on my computers, I like to do real work :-p

My new laptop has widescreen, and its harder to read code IMHO. Might as well get rid of the 80 column limit.
 
Hmm, maybe I never noticed the change, as I avoid widescreen monitors ;-)
 
I don't know for sure, but I'm guessing that (a) some designers thought that people liked reading with narrow columns (this is the same reason newspapers use narrow columns, and many magazines and paper proceeding styles use double column mode), and/or (b) this way when you drop down the notification list, it doesn't block the contents on the left.

Not that I agree with these reasons, myself. I would much prefer a much wider column as well, and I wish it was adjustable as a user preference.... all I can say is "send feedback"; the designers don't believe us engineers when we complain internally, because "engineers are different". They need to hear from many, many "real users" --- people like me don't count.

P.S. It should theoretically be possible to adjust the CSS via a chrome extension.... and if such an extension gets highly popular, since it requires the very intrusive "this extension will get to look at everything that you browse", that might be a signal that the designers would be willing listen to.
 
Ah, it took a 'reload' to get the new view. But still, on a "normal" 4:3 monitor, it's not too bad.
 
+Steven Rostedt The widescreen monitors are usually (at least) as tall as the 4:3 ones they replaced, which means you can keep the shape and size of your windows unchanged. For me, a wide screen means I can fit 3 or even 4 emacs windows side by side where previously there was only room for 2. That is a win by my reckoning.
 
+Theodore Ts'o Newspapers use narrow columns for at least two reasons: 1) reading lines of text as wide as a newspaper page is more or less impossible, and 2) it makes it easier to place multiple articles/adverts on a page. No newspaper I've ever heard of uses a single, narrow column down the left-hand side leaving most of the page blank, which is what this new G+ layout is doing.
 
I know that there is ample of research on the maximum line length people can comfortably read. I still think that G+ is way shorter than that. And if there's more space, allow me to place a second column there...
 
43 characters that is. :-) Reading without having to move your eyes all the time. That's said to be the most agreeable way allowing fast cross-reading.
 
+Måns Rullgård I use 19" 4:3 monitors. As 19" is the diagonal, that gives me a 11.4" height. For an equivalent 16:9, I need to get a 23 or 24" monitor to have the same height. The sad part is that it takes up more space on my desk, as it would be over 20"s wide (screen), where as the 4:3 is only 15.2" wide (screen). This is if the screens were true 4/3 and 16/9 proportions ;-)
 
When I'm reading a book, usually my eye moves three times per line. On G+, I can usually read at one or two movements per line.
 
I'm in the narrow column camp myself, but I'm sure there are armies of google recruiters trying to fill the empty positions in their make-the-text-width-configurable division.
 
+Måns Rullgård - awesome. I love that it took just a couple of hours to get that. Installed the extension. I can see the downside. My preference on this 24" screen would be somewhere in the middle. Wider than the default, but not all the way... and I don't want to make the browser window smaller, as on many other sites I like having the wide window...
 
It's pretty ridiculous on my 30" screen with a fullscreen browser. Of course, full screen browsers are equally ridiculous on a 30" screen :).
 
I believe Google has something in mind for the right whitespace
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