Google background image stunt lands with a thud

Internet giant ends trial run of the new homepage options earlier than planned

Published June 10, 2010 6:11PM (EDT) homepage, now with more Bing homepage, now with more Bing

Oh, Google, what hath thee wrought?  Last night the Web impresarios took their home page and replaced the classic white with a wide array of stock photos. You can customize it with an image from your computer, too, like little Betsy trying to french kiss the dog or that family reunion photo that has Grandpa giving you bunny ears.  You could probably use porn, too.

And since denizens of the Web are hateful and slow to accept change, one of the most popular searches on Google today is "remove Google background."  The New York Times covered the evident "Bing-envy" involved in the stunt, PC World wanted to know why the hell everyone was so upset,  and Tech Crunch explains why a slew of pissed-off users made Google give up on the 24-hours-only experiment about 10 hours early.   Good thing, because my husband was going to throw his laptop out the window.


By Christine Mathias

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