Google Force Feeds Background Images to Search Page

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khasgde

In their quest to make their search engine sexier and more appealing to the fickle masses, Google's now begun to let users add a background image of their choosing to the main search landing page. Is this cool? Yes. Is it copying Bing? We'll let you decide, but note that the picture above is a screen shot of Bing's landing page uploaded to Picasa and set as my Google Search background image baby names. Google's suggestion that it only looks vaguely familiar only makes it funnier. Thanks

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Energata

It would be SO nice to see updates to the Gmails "Themes" sections....with a bit more to pick from than the scant selection they have had since who knows when...

 ....Please! 

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skyknight

they do have a really nice minimalist all white background, other colors too.  I like the change..

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GJEMaximumPC

Personally, I like the fact that Google is trying to emulate Bing in this manner.  The background photos are awesome.  The plain-white search home page is way, way, way outdated and boring. It's like something you would expect to see if you time-traveled backed to 2001.  Seriously, people need to learn to adapt and move-forward instead of living in their past-times.  

 Bing brought useful aspects and features which forced Google to wake up and better itself.  The plain white home-page was nothing but testimony that Google was resting on its past laurels of victory. 

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Energata

"Seriously, people need to learn to adapt and move-forward instead of living in their past-times. "

 

I couldn't agree more! 

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timmyw

I want the minimalist page, after the first image I was looking for a way to turn it off. I might be in the minority so fine show the images to those who want it, but don't force everyone to view those images. I just wonder how much bandwidth was wasted world-wide to show those pictures.

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Bennethon

lol not much

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Bennethon

I remember a time when google counted the words on their homepage, and tried to keep them to a absolute minimum.

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ceator3571

If I wanted a background pic I would use Bing.

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cynical

That certainly didn't last all day. It's back to the normal white bg again. A lot of people were complaining about it wherever and whenever they could (including me).

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jamevay

If you are familiar with google's tactics, it is easy to understand what they are trying to do. They want more people to sign in to google, which will increase the use of google products.

 Personally, I like the old blank page

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bikerbub

if they do things right, and add features to get you to sign in so that they make money, what's wrong? isn't that the point of being in business?

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BAMT

Not when it alienates twice the number of users that they get through the features.

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NewGadgeteer

Bing the bell!  It's about time.

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