Vijay Shah (writing and editing)
Anjali Shah (research and contributor)
Google is ranked as the world’s most popular search engine, with millions of web users relying on its highly scientific search technology for their research and entertainment needs. One of the keys to its overwhelming popularity is not just its handy method of indexing search results, or its crisp minimalist blue, black and white pages designed to make finding that elusive webpage or article a bit easier. It is that Google likes to be ueber-creative and think outside the box when it comes to those special extras. They may be gimmicks to old-fashioned online marketing suits, but Google’s nifty little tricks have helped endear it to many a web search wizard looking for something that bit sillier.
Here is a selection of Googling antics as recommended by the Half-Eaten Mind alongside contributor and Google fangirl Anjali Shah.
If you type in “askew” in the search box, your search results will come up on a page tilted delicately to the right, looking rather like someone at Google Inc. had one Coors Extra too many the night before. No need to adjust your monitor settings. Everything easily returns to normal on your next search. The same thing also happens if you search with the keyword “tilt”.
Fancy giving your Google homepage that unique personal touch? Do you have a burning desire to see your name (or your cat’s) in bright multicoloured Google Letters. Well all you have to do is type “goglogo” into the search bar and then hit the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button underneath. Enter your name, or whatever you want to Google-ize, into the search bar that will appear, and you will have your own customised Google page. Makes you feel like you run the joint, doesn’t it?. By the way if that fails, as mine did (I’m using the revamped Google UK interface) you can visit goglogo.com, and make garishly cool things happen there.
Another cool visual experiment is the infamous Google Sphere. Type in “google sphere” and click on the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button and you will see the search results orbiting around the screen in a manic ball of text. Click on the search bar and you can use your cursor to chase the results around the screen like you don’t have more pressing issues to take care of. The boss better not catch you. Now you can finally understand the fascination that cats have for balls of string!.
Again if that doesn’t work, then try this link: http://www.mrdoob.com/projects/chromeexperiments/google-sphere/
Search for the word “binary”, and instead of getting an exact number of search result and so many seconds, you’ll get the figure in binary code instead. Geek moment. I’m having it.
The Googlers are continuously adding to their repertoire, meaning more fun and interactivity. Feel free to do, well, a Google search as there’s plenty more to be discovered.
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