Google countdown timer, possible surprise?

A small or even possibly large Easter egg was discovered on Google's homepage today, when the user visits the website, www.google.com, leaves the search box blank and click "I'm Feeling Lucky". The user is prompted with a countdown timer to the year 2010.

The clock is displayed in seconds and runs off of the users own system clock. If users set the clock to just before midnight on January 1, 2010, the clock will count down to 0 and simply disappear.

Some users suspect that the clock is just a countdown timer to the year 2010 and nothing else, while others suspect that Google has bigger announcements up their sleeves, possibly Google's Nexus One release announcement, or something just as large.

Users will need to wait and watch Google in the New Year to see if there are any new product announcements. Either Google has something major planned for their users or Google just likes to add Easter eggs that become a quick discussion around the Internet.

Thanks to Majesticmerc for the news tip.

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It's the countdown till Skynet goes online.

No joke. You didn't think it's be from Google? Was there really ever any question about it?

The number is a countdown of seconds. If you break it down into days you will see that it's just a count down to new years. Not really that big of a deal.

Tarrant64 said,
It's there. Did you Google it?

Ah... you know what? I think it's my adblock extension. XD

EDIT: Except, wait, it's back again and I didn't change anything. Hmm...

scaramonga said,
According to the amount of seconds and doing the math, that works out at roughly 2.3 YEARS till it reaches ZERO :)

your math is flawed.

scaramonga said,
According to the amount of seconds and doing the math, that works out at roughly 2.3 YEARS till it reaches ZERO :)

There's minutes in an hour.

rm20010 said,
Try using Google to convert the number of seconds to days.

In the above example: 1 296 508 seconds = 15.0058796 days


This math is correct.

At first I thought it was a H:M:S, but that didn't seem to fit, having 79 minutes in an hour? :/
Than I thought it was some sort of game, until I just took the current number, divide by 60, divide by 60 again, and you should get your days left.

Seen this days ago, and people are looking way to much into it, its just a timer and I doubt anything with happen or any announcements be made.

Appears on google.fr as well. Strange it shows on google_bulgaria and not on google_australia. Maybe concerns only the northern hemisphere?

Xerxes said,
It's not showing up here (Australia) so guessing it's possibly something that relates to NA I'm assuming.


I live in NA and it's not showing up for me

Xerxes said,
It's not showing up here (Australia) so guessing it's possibly something that relates to NA I'm assuming.


I got it in Australia (www.google.com.au), try again.

basques said,
I got it in Australia (www.google.com.au), try again.

I have, still nothing must just be a random thing :P

Either way it's Google marketing at it's finest. Once again firmly planting the name Google into everyone's head. Seems slightly coincidental that this comes shortly after Firefox's boss said users should switch from Google to Bing (I tried it for 4 hours didn't get the same relevant search results , so I switched back)

Google genius, wishI'd had the foresight to invest 10 years ago

cerealfreak said,
Either way it's Google marketing at it's finest. Once again firmly planting the name Google into everyone's head. Seems slightly coincidental that this comes shortly after Firefox's boss said users should switch from Google to Bing (I tried it for 4 hours didn't get the same relevant search results , so I switched back)

Google genius, wishI'd had the foresight to invest 10 years ago :(

Ya had me right up till the 10 years ago part... Google went IPO in 2004... only 5 years =)

cerealfreak said,
Either way it's Google marketing at it's finest. Once again firmly planting the name Google into everyone's head. Seems slightly coincidental that this comes shortly after Firefox's boss said users should switch from Google to Bing

That's a bit far fetched. I doubt it has anything whatsoever to do with the Firefox guy said, or that it's really about putting "Google" in everyone's head. It's just a pretty basic countdown clock. Interesting, but not groundbreaking or that important.

A countdown timer to next year is not marketing at it's finest. It's just another one of Google's waste-of-time stunts. People won't talk much about it because there's nothing to talk about.

C_Guy said,
A countdown timer to next year is not marketing at it's finest. It's just another one of Google's waste-of-time stunts. People won't talk much about it because there's nothing to talk about.

And yet here you are talking about it..

Kirkburn said,
That's a bit far fetched. I doubt it has anything whatsoever to do with the Firefox guy said, or that it's really about putting "Google" in everyone's head. It's just a pretty basic countdown clock. Interesting, but not groundbreaking or that important.

It may or it may not have anything to do with Firefox that was just my take on it. And it may well be just a basic countdown clock, but that the firefox wasn't the overall point of my post. It was in relation to Google marketing.

It would at first appear to be (at least to me) a Unix time stamp. But supposedly that time stamp = 1/15/1970, which doesn't make sense. Maybe its not...idk

Well I did not know about this. Anyways I did some script tracing and when it is run a new .js file is executed and the google.egg bit shows that it is indeed an easter egg.

s.L.m said,
the point is not about who's doing first, it's about who's doing it better.

Amen.

I think the possible surprise is that they are going to make their Blue themed Beta Google.com public.