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Google's background image experiment failed miserably

Instead of the originally planned 24 hour marathon of background images on Google's homepage, they opted for just a few. When the test started, there was some serious backlash almost immediately.
Written by Garett Rogers, Inactive on

Instead of the originally planned 24 hour marathon of background images on Google's homepage, they opted for just a few. When the test started, there was some serious backlash almost immediately. Due to that, Google decided that it's probably best to just pull the plug.

The It was probably a combination of upset users, and the fact that a bug prevented some users from reverting back to vanilla Google.

I was a bit surprised that Google decided to do this at all though -- can it be that they are feeling some kind of pressure from Bing? I would love to think that's not the case, but how else would you explain this?

Google used to be a company that was completely anal about how many words appeared on the homepage. Over the last year, the homepage, and result pages have been the recipients of major UI changes -- strange if you ask me.

What do you think of todays homepage experiment?

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