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WebSonic.nl [PersonRank 10]

Wednesday, June 2, 2010
4 years ago11,217 views

Today, we’re introducing a new feature that brings a whole new level of personalization to Google by letting you add a favorite photo or image to the background of the Google homepage.

googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/0 ...

WebSonic.nl [PersonRank 10]

4 years ago #

I already see the feature, I like the option but I won't use it.

BrianS [PersonRank 7]

4 years ago #

I don't see the feature yet on my Google homepage. What is the URL that you get when clicking on the link to personalize your page?

WebSonic.nl [PersonRank 10]

4 years ago #

[put at-character here]BrianS It opens a popup to select a wallpaper. I have an example here:

websonic.nl/nieuws/nieuwe-goog ...

On second thought, I'm maybe going to use it :-).

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

4 years ago #

Upload yours!


zorgloob.com/wp-content/upload ...




i47.tinypic.com/250qbv5.png

WebSonic.nl [PersonRank 10]

4 years ago #

Here:


websonic.nl/nieuws/wp-content/ ...

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

4 years ago #

Something I threw together quickly. I expect there'll be a lot of better ones :P


sites.google.com/site/mrrix32/ ...

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

4 years ago #


farm5.static.flickr.com/4014/4 ...



(via flickr.com/photos/oweniverson/ ...)

ianf [PersonRank 10]

4 years ago #

Black turtleneck tees I can accept. Washed-out jeans I can swallow. But what's with the whitish sneakers to go with that. Where are the Jonathan Ive/ trinnyandsusannah.com of Apple CEO's personal style when we need them most?

drtimofey [PersonRank 10]

4 years ago #


img16.imageshack.us/img16/6011 ...


Google is going to regret this.

Above 10 comments were made in the forum before this was blogged,

Claudio Ibarra [PersonRank 1]

4 years ago #


lh3.ggpht.com/_LM1WnD4UJO0/TAk ...

Samuel [PersonRank 0]

4 years ago #

picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/ ...

Claudio Ibarra [PersonRank 1]

4 years ago #

I pasted the wrong (i.e. super-tiny) link a moment ago. Hopefully this is larger:


lh3.ggpht.com/_LM1WnD4UJO0/TAk ...

Steven [PersonRank 0]

4 years ago #

mine looks fantastic with this wallpaper –


interfacelift.com/wallpaper_be ...

Samuel [PersonRank 0]

4 years ago #

Ugh, let's try that again.


lh5.ggpht.com/_wg-tDxjkNnU/TAk ...

tizio [PersonRank 0]

4 years ago #

Feature isn't avaible in HTTPS version of google search

Corey [PersonRank 0]

4 years ago #


img28.imageshack.us/img28/1787 ...

mpffffhhhh [PersonRank 0]

4 years ago #

background pic?

my background is empty, clear, simple.

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

4 years ago #

I'm not using the background I uploaded above, it was just to demonstrate a way to play with the interface. I'm keeping it plain white, for the few times I actually see the homepage.

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

4 years ago #

Forum software says that 1st post was submitted '1 day ago', but it was on Wednesday already. I.e. two days ago.

drtimofey [PersonRank 10]

4 years ago #

[put at-character here]Juha-Matti Laurio
I've also noticed that. Maybe the values are PHP floored.

WebSonic.nl [PersonRank 10]

4 years ago #

This page is also new,

www.google.com/accounts/Servic ...

drtimofey [PersonRank 10]

4 years ago #


img80.imageshack.us/img80/7422 ...

Andy Baio [PersonRank 2]

4 years ago #


farm5.static.flickr.com/4018/4 ...

drtimofey [PersonRank 10]

4 years ago #

[put at-character here]Andy

I was thinking of doing the same thing, except do the mouse pointer, instead of Google's logo!

Trogdor [PersonRank 6]

4 years ago #

[put at-character here]Andy, @drtimofey

The text field & search buttons would also be good targets of this.

jedweb [PersonRank 1]

4 years ago #

People actually use the Google home page? That's what your browser's address bar and search box are for. I haven't seen the Google search home page in ages...

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

4 years ago #

Covered at

googlesystem.blogspot.com/2010 ...
too.

Kherlen [PersonRank 0]

4 years ago #


i47.tinypic.com/73mowl.png

Clement [PersonRank 0]

4 years ago #

A friend of mine is building up his company called "presque parfait" (almost/nearly perfect).
I thought a wallpaper stating that Google was nearly perfect would be fun :).

twitpic.com/1txoju

Mohamed Husain [PersonRank 0]

4 years ago #

Very nice feature. I love Google

this is mine:


i49.tinypic.com/x37dk8.jpg

Sandeep Gavas [PersonRank 1]

4 years ago #

Very Very Nice, I Love Google


img265.imageshack.us/img265/98 ...

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

4 years ago #

I wanted my homepage to be as minimal as possible but I also wanted to be able to customise my experience and not be tied down to Google's draconian restrictions on their website's design.

I value Google giving us this option to change our background finally and decided to upload this picture to use www.oaklandpartnership.com/2008%20News/ big%20white%20box.jpg

["big white box" indistinguishable from a picture that doesn't load; unlinked -ianf]

While being very modern and clean, it also brings a certain familiarity to the Google Homepage I'm used to. Thank you Google!

Patrick L Archibald [PersonRank 0]

4 years ago #


file.status.net/identica/pla1- ...

JV [PersonRank 1]

4 years ago #

It seems available in US only!

WebSonic.nl [PersonRank 10]

4 years ago #

It will roll out to the rest of the world.

grit [PersonRank 0]

4 years ago #

most useless blogoscoped blog entry of the year +1

Tom [PersonRank 0]

4 years ago #

I use a shot I took in Death Valley last winter...

twitpic.com/1utbiw

dumbastic [PersonRank 0]

4 years ago #

I don't need any background image on my google homepage.. I still prefer the simple and classic one..

Nova [PersonRank 1]

4 years ago #

webpagescreenshot.info/img/705 ...

Trafford Publishing [PersonRank 0]

4 years ago #

Like dumbastic, i prefer plain white. Background pics tend to cover the whole thing that i sometimes can't see what's in it. Yes, it depends on the background but i just don't see the need to do so.

It really depends on the user though, some wants it personalized, others want it simple..

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

4 years ago #

The UI texts have been localized this week for changing the background pic

WebSonic.nl [PersonRank 10]

4 years ago #

Also see: googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/0 ...

answerfinder [PersonRank 1]

4 years ago #

Now launched in the UK with a background of trees and giving me no option to change it. The link says "Curious about today's homepage? Add your own background image now" and takes me to the Google Accounts page. I presume it will only last 24 hours, Nevertheless, very annoying.

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

4 years ago #

$Bing++;

BinGo [PersonRank 1]

4 years ago #

Google...........more like BinGo.

yfrog.com/c9bingofj

Omnivorous [PersonRank 1]

4 years ago #

Instructions say that you can deselect an image at the lower left portion of the screen but that feature isn't implemented yet.

If I wanted cute and ineffective, I'd use Bing.

regular user [PersonRank 0]

4 years ago #

I don't like it. I like when it was plain and simple. Don't care much about picture background. I can do that to my desktop wallpaper. If they don't give you the option to turn that off then I will not go to their homepage anymore. Probably just use the Google search bar instead.

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

4 years ago #

Discussion 'get rid of google background?' on related Help forum:

google.com/support/forum/p/Web ...

WebSonic.nl [PersonRank 10]

4 years ago #

Google killed it because of the complaints en the many searches, see Google Trends for removing the background.

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

4 years ago #

When this was happened exatcly?

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

4 years ago #

Also

theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/ ...

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

4 years ago #

Google's people are technically brilliant, but not always so good at understanding human psychology.

If they made the background image option "invitation only", they'd have a long list of people queueing for invites.

If they made the background image a selectable option, they'd have some people activating a background image, and others leaving their page white, but everyone would be happy.

But force it onto users, and it's guaranteed that there will be a lot of bad vibes surfacing.

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

4 years ago #

Quoting The Inquirer article:

"....
Google admitted to The INQUIRER that the homepage could not be restored and advised that "If you prefer to have a clean, simple look, you can change it to another colour using our background image feature. All you need to do is sign in to your Google Account to change your background.
...."

Adrian Lunsong [PersonRank 1]

4 years ago #

Google now shows four coloured dots on the Google logo to allow users to show the day's doodle.. also acts as an alert because if you use your own background, the doodle is not shown.

drtimofey [PersonRank 10]

4 years ago #

[put at-character here]Roger Browne

I agree with you word to word.

Ryan [PersonRank 0]

4 years ago #

facebook.com/album.php?aid=184 ...!/photo.php?pid=4823537&id=711011880

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