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Google Logo Changes Again, Hinting RT Search? 212

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the i-prefer-fake-time dept.
siliconbits writes "The Google homepage is sporting a new logo that changes color as you type, and it is likely a big hint as to what the company will announce at its search event on Wednesday. When you arrive on the search giant homepage today, you will be greeted with a gray Google doodle."
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Google Logo Changes Again, Hinting RT Search?

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  • google.co.uk (Score:5, Informative)

    by calzakk (1455889) on Wednesday September 08, 2010 @09:04AM (#33507454) Journal
    http://www.google.com/ [google.com] isn't working for me, but http://www.google.co.uk/ [google.co.uk] is.
    • by mcvos (645701)

      Same for me. Also for the particles. Do only USAns get to see doodles at google.com? Or were these only shown at google.co.uk? (I haven't seen them at google.nl either.)

      • by mikael_j (106439)

        A lot of times the national google pages lag behind the .com version.

        Another little "quirk" seems to be that, as an example, images.google.se doesn't have the new single-page search result view yet while images.google.com does (this can be circumvented most of the time by changing the search preferences, something I tend to do since a lot of times letting it decide on its own that I want to give priority to swedish search results means that tech-related searches I make which give me the right page at the to

      • by Skylinux (942824)

        We had the particles on Google.de yesterday but it did not work with all browsers. I thought that it had something to do with the IFA.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internationale_Funkausstellung_Berlin [wikipedia.org]

    • by mortonda (5175)

      I haven't seen anything yesterday or today at either location.

    • Try clearing your cookies. Google does special tests for some people. By using a national site that you normally don't use, you force Google to treat you as a random new user, as it won't see your cookies for the main site.

      For example, I do not get the gray typing logo in my main browser, but I do get suggestions with interleaved results as I type in the box. On a fresh browser profile, I get the typing logo and no results in suggestions.

    • by MoogMan (442253)

      'Google Instant' as they're calling it is working for me right now - http://www.google.com/instant/#utm_campaign=launch&utm_medium=et&utm_source=rpp [google.com]

      Have fun, seems to be more usable than I originally expected.

      • by EasyTarget (43516)

        Me too.. I think this is it.

        Quite nifty, I'll certainly spend the whole seconds I save everyday on somehting useful, like picking my nose.

        Now for some fun; look at the results you get for the first character typed:
        A - amazon
        G - gmail
        L - lowes
        B- best-buy
        K - k-mart
        I - ikea
        M - mapquest ..ha ha..
        MICR - What you have to type before you see microsoft. :-)

  • They experimented yesterday to when the logo was a group of balls that was repeleld by the mouse. Canvas/JS i suppose.. I'm only seeing this on the co.uk-page, not .com nor .se which is my home TLD.
  • Googling "Google Search" does this. [google.com] Is this new? I've never seen it...
  • by Mike Mentalist (544984) on Wednesday September 08, 2010 @09:22AM (#33507584) Homepage
    Is there a good reason why these new Google toys don't work in Opera by default? Neither the background image option or that swirling ball trick from the other day worked in Opera until you set it in the options for Opera to mask itself as IE or Firefox - and now the same thing is true for this latest gimmick.
    • who cares (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Pegasus (13291) on Wednesday September 08, 2010 @09:45AM (#33507804) Homepage

      As an Opera user I haven't been on google front page for years - I just use g in url bar to search for whatever I'm searching for

    • by eldavojohn (898314) * <eldavojohn&gmail,com> on Wednesday September 08, 2010 @09:46AM (#33507814) Journal

      Is there a good reason why these new Google toys don't work in Opera by default? Neither the background image option or that swirling ball trick from the other day worked in Opera until you set it in the options for Opera to mask itself as IE or Firefox - and now the same thing is true for this latest gimmick.

      I don't know for sure (not a Google insider) but I would guess that they are using a wrapper script or something that has a hard coded list of support browser by browser. Whatever version of Opera you are using is probably incorrectly identified as not having these HTML5 feature(s) supported. Or perhaps it only gives you some of the functionality so they make the executive decision to just disable it entirely. I just finished reading HTML5 Up and Running by Mark Pilgrim of Google and he pushes heavily for the use of modernizr [modernizr.com] to check browser capabilities [diveintohtml5.org]. I've never known Modernizr to be wrong though. Whatever the case, it appears Google is simply not promising their doodle will work in Opera ... could be that they made a checking script for the Pac-Man doodle [slashdot.org] and just kept carrying it over. Did Opera work for that?

      Now that I think about it, this is a high traffic page so they probably wrote their own browser checking wrapper for graceful fallback instead of pushing all of a javascript library down to each client. They are probably using a broad brush to balance bandwidth with audience and you're one of the unfortunate victims.

    • Opera refused to friend Google on it's MyFaceBookSpace page site farm thing.
    • A lot of opera users I know change the user agent to allow it to work on IE-specific sites. Is it possible that you've reconfigured the user agent thusly? If Google thinks you're connecting with IE6, it won't do a lot of cool things because, well, IE6 can't do those things.
  • Streaming Search Vid (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 08, 2010 @09:34AM (#33507674)

    I was able to see the streaming search yesterday for some reason... Luckily, I recorded it. If you want to see it, it's at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOizC3ZPsFI

    • Somebody give this guy an informative mod or something...that's really cool
    • I got that too, though I don't know how they determine who gets it and who doesn't right now. Both my desktop and my laptop are running the exact same OS and browser software and are connected to the same network. The desktop gets it but the laptop doesn't......
      • Depends what server on the cluster you connect to.
        As an example, my house on maps.google.com was recently updated. Then I went somewhere else. When I came back to my house the old image was back for the close-up view, but at the wide view the new image was still being served.

        I would posit that the same thing happens depending on what server/shipping container you connect to when doing a search.

      • by Mitaphane (96828)

        From the TechCrunch article [techcrunch.com] that reported about streaming search awhile back:

        “At any given time we are running between 50-200 search experiments. You can learn more on our blog [blogspot.com].”

        The google blog states that they randomly select which computers get used for testing new features like streaming search.

  • Yet another bit of distracting, eye-candy crap that uses JavaScript to tart up my monitor like a whore on Saturday night. I get that Google is becoming EVIL despite their stated intentions to the contrary, but do they have to be ugly and bloated too?

    A quote from the TV series 'Life': "Its like Hello Kitty ate the Disney Channel and threw it up on that half of the room."

    This trend of 'cute for cuteness sake' seems to be taking over the whole computing industry. I really wish developers, and
    Google specificall

    • by PitaBred (632671)

      So learn to use shortcut searches. IE, Chrome and Firefox all support them (I don't use Opera, but I'll bet they do, too). Why even look at the Google homepage? It's faster and you can ignore all the "ugly and bloated" stuff.

      Oh, wait. That would be too easy. You'd rather just bitch about it.

    • by mcgrew (92797) *

      Yet another bit of distracting, eye-candy crap that uses JavaScript to tart up my monitor like a whore on Saturday night.

      What do you have against whores? Some of my friends are whores!

      I really wish developers, and
      Google specifically, would spend more effort on functionality and usability and less effort on putting on their damned makeup.

      I can't see how Google could be more functional, useable, or minimalistic. Have you ever been to Bing? Eye candy central; useless photos cluttering the screen, and not very

    • fucking idiot
  • Phrenology? (Score:3, Funny)

    by Aceticon (140883) on Wednesday September 08, 2010 @09:39AM (#33507732)

    Is reading Google's intentions from the Google logo the new Phrenology or would it be more akin to practices of divination such as reading the future from tea-leaves or the entrails of recently slaughtered goats?

    • by digitalhermit (113459) on Wednesday September 08, 2010 @10:28AM (#33508176) Homepage

      I understand your skepticism. However, you must believe in the interconnectedness of things to understand why this works.

      Reality is one vast machine. All actions are interconnected like gears in an elaborate clock. Looking at ants moving grains of sand can help divine the motions of the stock market. A woman dresses up one day determines (or is a consequence of) her horse winning a race at Belmont. The random drip of water flowing through a cave imprints "Rita Hayworth is a goddess" on the cave wall.

      And a Google marketing rep, privy to the details of the announcement, wears a mongoose boa one day. The front-page coders, not privy to this information, think it looks clownlike. A man in a Chewbacca costume robs a liquor store. A blind ferret bites the toe of an American tourist in Sydney. Unable to finish the appropriate Javascript version of Fallout 4, the coders throw in some code from their existing type-ahead library.

      This is how we know.

  • I thought it was about wearing white after labor day.
  • People actually go to the google home page? What's wrong with browser bar searching?

  • I'd say that was a pretty huge conclusion to jump to

    "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar"

  • by alphax45 (675119)
    Google is now searching Twitter ReTweets?

    (I'm sorry)
  • They don't appear to change the doodle often when connecting via IPv6.
    Meh.

  • ...for these patients is not known whether these are the only ones who can not afford to pay for their own users and groups to their Friends / Favorites list yet, so I'ma keep popping up in their own right and do not want to be related to their particular field or industry in which they are attached to their respective owners and are strictly for viewing and printing of these books are nothing but another form of therapy.
  • I suppose a lot of people like it, but I hate real-time search. It's like trying to carry on a conversation with someone who won't let you finish your sentences.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by SnowDog74 (745848)

      It appears that you can toggle instant off and just use regular search.

    • why does it matter. Just ignore it until you finish your sentence. If you're unsure how to word something the getting instant feedback is awesome.
  • by nmx (63250) <nmx@froQUOTEmtheshadows.net minus punct> on Wednesday September 08, 2010 @12:42PM (#33509848) Homepage
    It's not turned on for everyone yet. But you can go here [google.com] to force it on.
  • Google has a homepage?!

    I literally use Google every day, many, many times a day, but I haven't viewed www.google.com in... years? Even using Google Chrome I only view search results and stuff like Google Calendar or Gmail. Even still it seems that going to the homepage is pointless. Ironically, this means Google has grown beyond ubiquitous.

    Of course I miss out on all the cute, experimental stuff they do...

  • I gave up on Google when they changed their image search into something that works far worse in every possible way, provided no way to set the old style as default, and ignored all the angry users protesting in their support forums.
  • Typing in the first two letters of a smallish but nearby town into Google search instantly returned the full name at the top of the list (I was not logged into Google). I'm hoping there is a way to shut this 'feature' off; if someone is reading over your shoulder (or logging), a typo or your past history might easily result in a firing / divorcing / knifing.

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