After opening my Google home page recently, my attention was caught by a link reading “Change background image” . At first thought, I imagined the limited possibility to choose a picture from Google’s public library, but the possibility went well beyond as you can see the result in the picture below.
Since June 2, 2010, you can freely change the background image of your Google home page if you ever wanted it to look colourful as you “can choose a photo from your computer, your own Picasa Web Album or a public gallery hosted by Picasa which includes a selection of beautiful photos” , said Marissa Mayer, VP Search Products & User Experience at Google on the company’s blog.
Personalise your page in 3 steps.
- Click on the “Change background image” link at the bottom left of your Google homepage. If you don’t see the link, then you’re probably not in the U.S. Don’t worry as “those of you outside of the U.S., you can expect to see this new feature in the coming days as we roll it out internationally to offer similar, consistent experiences globally” Google VP Marissa Mayer says.
- In the menu that appears (after you click the link mentioned above), find your favorite image.
- Then click the “select” button. That’s it, you are done.
This development is very interesting, but I find it limited as the background image disappears immediately the result page displays. Not to mention the user experience brought by changing the skin of the browser with add-ons like Personas Plus, I think it would have been more interesting if the favorite background image remained up, and as long as you are browsing the results pages. What do you think?