Google admits 'big mistake' with Video Store launch

A top Google executive has admitted that the search giant made "a big mistake" by not adequately promoting programs for sale on the home page of its Google Video Store when it launched earlier this month.

"We made a big mistake," Marissa Mayer, vice president of search products and user experience, told Bloomberg News in an interview in Munich, Germany published on Thursday. "You can't come out and launch a product like Google Video and say 'CSI' and 'Survivor' are there if they're not on the home page."

The launch of Google Video store just over two weeks ago prompted widespread complaints that the site interface was poorly designed and the selection was light.

Apparently, Google listened and has changed the look of the site to showcase more options on the front page and eliminate boring or repetitive thumbnail images.

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