Google Background Images

Google, meet Bing. Google must have been impressed by Bing’s image-rich search page, as indicated by today’s imitation. Many of their users are not.

Google recently rolled out a feature of it’s primary product,, that allows users to display a picture as the background.

Freeze frame!
The Official Google Blog, June 2, 2010

The art of a homepage
The Official Google Blog, June 9, 2010

I like the dominating whitespace of It has a utilitarian simplicity. However, I also love seeing my favorite lighthouse every time I actually navigate to the Google site to do a search. background image background image

Tomorrow the default background will go back to the white we all know and many love.

What do you think of this new feature? Will you use one of your own pictures or one of the many gorgeous images available in Google’s gallery? Let me know in the comments.

My Google background photo:
Portland Head Light After Sunset, Brent Danley, Feb. 28, 2008

4 Replies to “Google Background Images”

  1. I can’t remember the last time I visited the google home page. Isn’t that just adding an unnecessary extra step to your search?

    1. I generally just type my search term into Chrome’s address bar. I rarely go to, and can’t think of a reason I would.

      Perhaps now I have a reason.

  2. Even with a magnificent photo, such as your Portland Headlight – ease of the Google search from the Chrome browser bar would win 9 times out of 10. Still, very cool for those who don’t / won’t use Chrome.

    1. Thank you for the visit and comment, Lynnelle. I agree. I never visit the site. But when I do I’ll be glad to see my favorite place. 🙂

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