Google disables default search backgrounds after complaints

Google enabled default search backgrounds today for its popular search engine.

The personalization feature was enabled by default for users and Google had originally planned to disable automatic images tomorrow. VP of Search Product and User Experience at Google, Marissa Mayer, confirmed the company had disabled the backgrounds early. "Actually as of now :)" Mayer twittered in response to another user tweeting that Google would return to normal tomorrow. Mayer previously confirmed "we will be back to normal tomorrow", when questioned earlier by Twitter users.

A quick search of Twitter earlier today showed that the majority of people disliked the change and preferred the classic Google. Many were unhappy about being forced to see a custom background instead of opting in for the feature. Mayer commented on the removal of default search backgrounds, "there was supposed to be a link explaining what was going on (one day, etc.), due to a bug it wasn't showing." Both Mayer and Google acted quickly to the mounting criticism and axed the change.

The custom backgrounds feature on Google allows users to add their own background (image must be 800 x 600 or larger), and can upload an assortment of file extensions from .jpeg, .tif, .tiff, .bmp, .gif, .psd (Photoshop), .png, .tga, and selected RAW formats. You can also select photos from My Picasa web photos, public gallery and editor's picks (as selected by Google).

Microsoft's Bing search engine has provided changing daily backgrounds since the service launched in May 2009. The backgrounds, with handy facts, have proved popular across the Internet with some choosing to archive the various International versions. Microsoft saw the funny side of Google imitating Bing for the day, "How intriguing to see friends at Google borrowing the Bing homepage photography idea," tweeted Peter Bale, executive producer of the MSN UK network. Microsoft's Europe twitter account also tweeted "We've lost a background image, if found please return to bing.com ;)".

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DavidM said,
I really doubt Google wants people using another search engines over their poorly implemented background designs. Exactly the reason it's now disabled by default, why they forced it on their users I'll never know.

Testing? Wanting to see the reactions of the everyday user? As they originally intended to do it for a day only, I'm pretty sure the reasoning behind it was to get some feedback from users.

Metodi Mitov said,

Testing? Wanting to see the reactions of the everyday user? As they originally intended to do it for a day only, I'm pretty sure the reasoning behind it was to get some feedback from users.


Well, they got it didn't they? A big fat "NO"

I'm using iGoogle as homepage so i don't really care. There's already a background image on iGoogle anyway ...

Google images are blocked at work for me, so the home page was just blank-white with weird-looking no-contrast logo and text. They did not think this through. How many old people with home page set to Google did this traumatize?

By the way, is there a single instance in these comments that affect/effect aren't switched around?

burnblue said,
How many old people with home page set to Google did this traumatize?

I'm scared for life sir...I'll never be able to use the intertubez after this again....

I can see the appeal for this on an optional basis, but Google should know better than to try force this on users that have become attached to their simplistic home page.

Mouettus said,
It really looked like when I first started to build web pages back in 1998!!!

Nah to really looks like a page from 98 an animated gif is needed like for example a dancing mouse ...

"How intriguing to see friends at Google borrowing the Bing homepage photography idea," tweeted Peter Bale, executive producer of the MSN UK network.

Someone should show him all the ways MS has 'borrowed' from Apple, Google, Linux and pretty much everyone else. He'd be gobsmacked.

Latch said,
"How intriguing to see friends at Google borrowing the Bing homepage photography idea," tweeted Peter Bale, executive producer of the MSN UK network.

Someone should show him all the ways MS has 'borrowed' from Apple, Google, Linux and pretty much everyone else. He'd be gobsmacked.


Hey genius, everybody steals from everyone

Im glad they got rid of it. People like Google coz it only loaded on their front page what was nessessary, it dont need backgrounds to make it functional.

nope gone from the uk as well, was nice to look at when searching for stuff on the net, from a technical functionality pov it didnt add anything, sometimes its ok for stuff to just look nice

Is it just me or this tulip looks like middle finger )
and btw I'm really like fast and simple search engine. I don't care and I am not there because of background image witch one I don't even see that moment or same one make my search harder to locate staff I need usually fast is possible. The way Google look like right now is exactly what need.

Weird.... just now I opened google and it has GONE completely.... no options to change backgrounds... the whole feature has been removed. when they said they were removing the default search backgrounds I thought just the thing they done temporarily... I have no option to use it now and I loved the feature

Logging in on Yahoo for email yesterday, it had a full-screen car interior shot, kind of like an ad...not with Chrome, and not with Firefox, but in IE.

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