Sunday, June 13, 2010

Google drops background images on homepage amid outcry-Internet-Infotech-The Economic Times

Google drops background images on homepage amid outcry

WASHINGTON: Google spruced up its homepage with images from artists, sculptors and photographers on Thursday, but dropped the feature after drawing the ire of users clamoring for the normally blank background.

The rotating images designed to show off a new feature that lets users personalize their wallpaper originally were intended to be on display on the homepages of users around the world for 24 hours. But Google returned to its plain white background prematurely because many users believed the change was permanent.

"We had planned to run an explanation of the showcase alongside it in the form of a link on our homepage," Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president for search products and user experience, said in a blog post.

"Due to a bug, the explanatory link did not appear for most users," she said. "As a result, many people thought we had permanently changed our homepage, so we decided to stop today's series early."

Visitors to on Thursday morning were greeted with photos from National Geographic and Yann Arthus-Bertrand and images of the works of Dale Chihuly, Jeff Koons, Tom Otterness, Polly Apfelbaum, Kengo Kuma, Kwon, Ki-soo and Tord Boontje.

Users who wanted to return to the "classic" Google white background found that they were unable to do so, however, and in addition were being forced to create a Google account to add a new image. "Remove Google background" was one of the top 10 "hot searches" on Google itself on Thursday, and criticism of the background images was flying fast and furious on Twitter.

Some Twitter users accused Google of copying Microsoft's search engine Bing, which has featured a different background image every day since it launched in June, and the US software giant itself poked fun at its rival.

Microsoft Europe, in a message on its Twitter feed @MSEurope, said: "We've lost a background image, if found please return to"

"Hey Google, if I wanted a background image I would have gone to Bing," wrote Twitter user @jcready. "A sad day for Googlers. Google has added, nay, forced, a background image on us," wrote @michaeltrollan. "Oh Google what have you done! Why?!?" wrote @PaulOBrien.

Google has steadfastly refused offers to put outside advertising on the homepage featuring its search box in a bid to maintain its spare look, and Thursday's move surprised a number of observers of the Internet giant.

Mike Elgan, writing at IT, compared it to Coca-Cola's ill-fated 1985 decision to revise its famous formula, to the ire of millions of customers who said they preferred the taste of the original soft drink. "Today's Bing-wanna-be stunt feels like the introduction of 'New Coke,'" he said.

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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Google search result now has sidebar attached

Google introduced the sidebar almost a year ago but the sidebar is now visible without an extra click


Monday, April 19, 2010

Twitter Follower Finder Follow Finder from Google analyzes public social graph information (following and follower lists) on Twitter to find people you might want to follow.


Friday, April 09, 2010

Google Trends returning only 20 instead of 100 top queries


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Google Reader killed and many more

Google Reader killed and many more companies which rendered the service of emailing and alerting people when a website/page changed is of no use now as google reader introduced the same feature now.

Feeds make it easy to follow updates to all kinds of webpages, from blogs to news sites to Craigslist queries, but unfortunately not all pages on the web have feeds. Today we're rolling out a change in Google Reader that lets you create a custom feed to track changes on pages that don't have their own feed.

For example, if you wanted to follow's latest products, just type "" into Reader's "Add a subscription" field. Click "create a feed", and Reader will periodically visit the page and publish any significant changes it finds as items in a custom feed created just for that page.

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Friday, January 01, 2010

Picassa Upload photos of same event from different computers

Picasa: What's new in Picasa and Picasa Web Albums


people albumsCollaborative albums -- Upload from Picasa.

In August 2009, we introduced collaborative albums in Picasa Web Albums. Now with Picasa 3.6, you can upload to a friend's album directly from the Picasa software. Download Picasa 3.6 at

people albumsDownload Picasa 3.5 -- Add name tags. Organize by people.

Picasa now has built-in face-matching technology so you can easily add name tags to the people in your photos. Plus, you can now geotag photos using Google Maps, import photos to Picasa and upload them to Picasa Web Albums in one step, and tag your photos more easily. Read more about the new features and download Picasa 3.5 for PC or Mac at


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Google SMS Channel for India

Google launched a new application in Google Labs India to divert or send content from website blog or other content creating source to your mobile...

You can start getting content from Blogger, Google Groups, Google News, RSS Feeds a public or private Calendar or even a blog and you will get the updates in your mobile at time of your choice.

Subscribe to some examples here

How to Check your subscriber count.

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