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This Just In: Google’s Background Image Really Pissed People Off

Holy Hotmail, people are saying some funny stuff about Google’s short-lived background image experiment. Here are 11 tweets that made us titter.

By (@jr_raphael)

June 10, 2010

Google Background ImageFor a short time on Thursday, Google’s home page started to look a little too much like Bing.

For 24 hours, Google decided to feature colorful (read: distracting) images on its home page, similar to the style of its Microsoft-run competitor. The idea was to show off a new customization feature in which you can upload your own photos to be displayed on your Google home page background.

Unfortunately, people hated it. Really hated it. So much that Google decided to pull the plug only a few hours in.

Still, it’s entertaining how riled up everyone got over what was intended to be a 24-hour design change. We surfed through Twitter to find some of the more amusing remarks about Google’s background image experiment. Here are our favorites.

@jayfanelli: If Apple ran Google.com, they would’ve never added a background image. They would’ve made the white background whiter.

True. But then again, they also would have removed all traces of porn and satirical material from the search results.

@vsbuffalo: It’s amazing how much a simple background image can disrupt workflow and be distracting.

Seriously — it disrupts workflow almost as much as people tweeting about their disrupted workflow.

@janeylicious: check out @eridius’s last tweet – he worked on a safari extension last night to get rid of that background image.

OK, this @eridus fella may have even more time on his hands than those AT&T-hacking guys. Paging “hobbies”…you’re desperately needed in the IT department.

@visualxjinsei: WHY does GOOGLE have a background IMAGE?!!!!! WHY?!!!!!

WE DON’T KNOW!!! BUT IT’S GONE NOW, SO YOU CAN CALM THE FUCK DOWN WITH THE CAPS LOCK!!!!

@terrymatula: Wow. People really are upset that Google.com has a background image today? REALLY? How does it affect your life in absolutely ANY way?

Yeah, try telling that to @visualxjinsei. Dude is off his rocker.

@Isabelle80: Glad I’m not the only one who hates the ridiculous Google Background Image. I’m sick of having stuff thrust on me like this.

That’s not what she said. HAY-OH!

@MSEurope: We’ve lost a background image, if found please return to bing.com ;)

Hint: It’s in the same place as all that market share you keep losing.

@JerryBologna: #ourfriendshipendedwhen Google sold out and started using a stupid background image. Ultimate friendship bond…broken.

These kind of harsh words from a guy named Jerry Bologna? We feel a little funny about that. Also a little hungry. For bologna.

@megan_3193: The google background images are rather exciting. It really is the smallest things on crappy days like this :)

Oh, Megan…sweet Megan. Can you spread some of your cheer to our buddy Mr. Bologna? His mayo’s done gone sour.

@lalabieberland: give me a break. If you don’t want a google background image, don’t do any changes then! jeez, don’t make it a big deal.

Thank God @lalabieberland is around to help calm the storm. Now if only that chick from Hanson would jump in on the conversation, too…

@shiftmo: at work, HR just had a talk with me. apparently numerous colleagues are upset i’m using photos of them as my google.ca background image.

Similar thing happened to us. In our defense, though, Steve sent us that photo of himself in his skivvies. He never said we couldn’t use it.






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Comments

  • http://empoprise-bi.blogspot.com/ John E. Bredehoft (Empoprises)

    I missed the website background change, but based on your picture, it's nothing compared to CADIE. Or just about any MySpace home page out there.

  • chris

    google has been pushing their luck with the fade away, though I managed to get past that, the backgrounds were where I draw the line, immediately i moved to bling, but now im back to google since they listened to users

    • Tony R.

      I HATE the Google fade-in effect. It takes several seconds to complete after the page has been loaded, and if one starts to type in the search box, it drops several characters at the start, so I waste EVEN MORE time backspacing to fill in what Google missed. Apparently, when they introduced this “feature” their user base didn't howl quite as loud as they did today over the background image. The people who run Google are a bunch of effing idiots who never heard of the adage, “If it ain't broke, don't fix it.”

      • charles_1

        Get ie7Pro (works in ie8) for ie, or greasemonkey or equivalent for the other browsers and download the Disable Google Fade-In script from userscripts.org. Works like a pro. (ie iePro turn off ie accellerations as they do not work right with multi-threads/multi-cpus) Made google usable again for me. That fade-in made we want to go serial killer on someone.

  • http://twitter.com/LandInc Land Incorporated

    Google owns it, you get to use it FREE, if you don't like it make your own Google.

  • http://tamilhindimovies.com/ Watchtamilmovies

    in the era of internet 2 having a bit of graphics wont do much harm

  • me

    I think people need to pretty much relax and not worry about these little things bothering them. That's why there are so many heart attacks and people dying of strokes, because people are that immature and that litterally crazy that they can't handle something like a picture comming up in the backround. If any of you people complaining have facebook or myspace, I'd suggest dropping that too, if the cursor changes, your head might explode. So relax a little bit America, or become a heart attack or stroke statistic.

  • Bob

    ha! I had to laugh at this situation… doesn't anyone remember the lawsuits apple had to level against Microsoft when they copied the mac technology? windows hasn't stopped copying macintosh to this very day!!! why isn't anyone mad about that? I think Microsoft is getting a taste of their own medicine here and believe google should be allowed to copy the idea…

  • Tony R.

    I HATE the Google fade-in effect. It takes several seconds to complete after the page has been loaded, and if one starts to type in the search box, it drops several characters at the start, so I waste EVEN MORE time backspacing to fill in what Google missed. Apparently, when they introduced this “feature” their user base didn't howl quite as loud as they did today over the background image. The people who run Google are a bunch of effing idiots who never heard of the adage, “If it ain't broke, don't fix it.”

  • http://twitter.com/LandInc Land Incorporated

    Google owns it, you get to use it FREE, if you don't like it make your own Google.

  • charles_1

    Get ie7Pro (works in ie8) for ie, or greasemonkey or equivalent for the other browsers and download the Disable Google Fade-In script from userscripts.org. Works like a pro. (in iePro turn off ie accellerations as they do not work right with multi-threads/multi-cpus) Made google usable again for me. That fade-in made we want to go serial killer on someone.

  • http://tamilhindimovies.com/ Watchtamilmovies

    in the era of internet 2 having a bit of graphics wont do much harm

  • me

    I think people need to pretty much relax and not worry about these little things bothering them. That's why there are so many heart attacks and people dying of strokes, because people are that immature and that litterally crazy that they can't handle something like a picture comming up in the backround. If any of you people complaining have facebook or myspace, I'd suggest dropping that too, if the cursor changes, your head might explode. So relax a little bit America, or become a heart attack or stroke statistic.

  • Bob

    ha! I had to laugh at this situation… doesn't anyone remember the lawsuits apple had to level against Microsoft when they copied the mac technology? windows hasn't stopped copying macintosh to this very day!!! why isn't anyone mad about that? I think Microsoft is getting a taste of their own medicine here and believe google should be allowed to copy the idea…