Google Finance Raises the Bar (Chart)

Google’s new Finance site is worth a look, but it’s only when you look at the graphs do you realise how good it is. Take this snippet from the chart on the Apple page:

Gfin

The overall chart is a great example of beauty and graphical simplicity. The letters correspond to a scrolling column of stories that tie in date-wise to the stock price. Drag the main chart around and the column of stories moves up or down to reflect the period now visible in the chart window. The bit at the top, meanwhile, is a longer timeline+chart which can be used to narrow or expand the larger chart below (by grabbing the two vertical little tweezer things, there’s probably a fancy name for them) and pulling together or apart.

There’s nothing revolutionary in here, but it’s executed very well, and to me is the first time that Google has really shown that it intends to eat into Yahoo!’s core market big time. There’s lots of other data on the page — all that one would need to make an investment decision, I’d wager — but the chart is the thing. What would be an afterthought elsewhere turns into a really dynamic tool. Exciting stuff.

20. April 2006 by jeremy
Categories: Design, Interfaces, Internet life, Visualization | Tags: , , , , , | 3 comments

Comments (3)

  1. Google Finance doesn’t provide stock quotes for bulletin board stocks.

    Until they provide that, Yahoo Finance will still win.

  2. Google has taken a big step with the Financial module, but it doesn’t come close to Yahoo in my books…

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