We’ve long known that user agents are an important part of the web experience. They help make the web work for everyone. What we rarely appreciate about the web is the level of attention and care we take to make it work best for ourselves.
We are very fortunate that our users are willing to submit our site to Google. This ensures that no one user agent can have an unfair advantage. In fact, Google has even been known to take advantage of its users and use them to its own detriment. However, the user agent is an important part of the web experience, so lets take a peek at what all of Google needs to know and what we need to teach.
This is another area Google has been trying to improve in the last few years. Now, users are allowed to submit their own settings about how to make the web experience work for them. Google has decided to allow users to make their own requests to the user agent. This way, Google can use the best practices for the web to make sure it works well for every possible user.
Google has been trying to make this happen for a very long time. It’s part of the reason why we can’t get our searches to work properly. We have to go to Google’s home page and change the page’s user agent to one that works better for our browsers. Otherwise, we get all sorts of problems, like pages that don’t download, or pages that don’t work right on mobile.
I am also amazed that Google doesn’t just put its own user agent in all of its search pages. You can make sure that your page loads well and works on all devices with one simple command.
That’s a little too easy, and it’s not like your search pages are super important. There are other things that can happen that Google should do to make sure Google searches work properly. Like, maybe just add a user agent to all of them? It’s really rare that the user agent is so important that it’s worth the effort.
At least google cares about their search engine. When it comes to user agents, google is pretty indifferent to your user agent.
I think most of us would agree that Google should do a lot more to make sure every user agent is considered. I mean, most of us wouldn’t even notice if you switched your user agent to Chrome. Its really easy to do. I think Google should make everyone’s user agent (and search) settings default to Google.
I’ve heard a couple of people say, “well that’s bad that every company is not a google product”. To me, that’s the exact opposite of what you are trying to accomplish. Most of us are pretty independent and don’t mind if a company uses our tools. In fact, I would argue that we are more independent today than ever before in history. I think Google can make more progress in this regard if they continue to work on their user agent.
I think that Google is a big enough company that they can continue to make progress in this regard. They have done a good job with their search engine and they are a big enough company that they could continue to improve it. However, I believe that Google can do better. If they were to create a new user agent that mimicked the way that the users are using Google, I believe that this would be more user friendly and less scary.