Google removes background picture from homepage

About a week ago, Google started allowing users to add a customized background picture on the Google homepage, or to choose a pre-designed background created by partners.

The company made the feature clear via a simple text explanation, but not everyone saw the tip as a result of a programming bug, causing people to think Google had permanently changed its home page background.

The feature also proved unpopular among many people, prompting the company to remove the auto background picture; going back to the original simple and white background for now.

The announcement came via a blog post from the official Google Blog.

Google Vice President Search Products, Marissa Mayer, said today in the blog post, “the explanatory link did not appear for most users. As a result, many people thought we had permanently changed our homepage, so we decided to stop today’s series early,”

According to the Google blog post, the company will continue the background image series with a new picture every day from partners including National Geographic, once it confirms the explanatory link is shown to all users to avoid more confusion.

Microsoft originally started to include a background picture on its homepage on Live search, with Bing continuing the feature today.

Bing continues to show a new background picture on its homepage daily, but users are not able to customize the homepage with their own picture (at least for now), unlike Google, where users can easily use their own picture.


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  • Danamo

    Marissa Mayer is a dumbass for approving this.

  • Sherri Fuselier

    I liked it – bring it back as an option for those of us who like the option to see a beautiful photo when I open the internet window!!!!

  • Sherri Fuselier

    I liked it – bring it back as an option for those of us who like the option to see a beautiful photo when I open the internet window!!!!

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