YouTube launches its own "Let it Snow" feature

Even if you live in a place where there is no snow to be seen, it's more than likely that you can generate some flakes on your own via your PC. We have already reported on Google's Easter Egg that makes it snow when you type in "let it snow" in your search results.  This week, Microsoft's Internet Explorer team launched its own "Let it Snow" web site to show off how IE 9 and IE 10 can handle HTML5 programming and GPU-enhanced web sites.

Now it's time for YouTube to join the snow party with its own holiday visual feature. Simply go to a YouTube page, such as this link for a Samsung Windows Phone TV ad, and you will see a snowflake icon in the bottom of the video alongside the resolution choices and the closed captioning option. Pressing the snowflake, and then running the video, will result in a mini-snow storm that shows up as you watch the video.

The snowflakes are also semi-interactive. You can move the cursor in front of the video and the snowflakes will move away from that PC cursor. That's basically it for the YouTube "Let it Snow" feature but we wouldn't be surprised if some others pop up before December 25 comes around.

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1) don't type "let it snow" or 2) click the defrost button. I personally like it. Christmas comes 1 time a year and I think it's a nice change. Wish more companies would do things like this.

Does anyone else find this gimmicky stuff sort of unprofessional? I mean, the snow thing just seems to be a web 2.0 version of the dancing baby that everyone used to put on their Geocities pages.

The "special" search terms is the worst though. I can imagine that it could be quite annoying for someone if they actually wanted to search for the "Do a barrel roll" meme, or look up the definition of "askew".

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for easter eggs, but I don't go to Google to have my search results screwed around with, I just want my search results.

</bahhumbug>

Majesticmerc said,
Does anyone else find this gimmicky stuff sort of unprofessional? I mean, the snow thing just seems to be a web 2.0 version of the dancing baby that everyone used to put on their Geocities pages.

The "special" search terms is the worst though. I can imagine that it could be quite annoying for someone if they actually wanted to search for the "Do a barrel roll" meme, or look up the definition of "askew".

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for easter eggs, but I don't go to Google to have my search results screwed around with, I just want my search results.

</bahhumbug>


Unprofessional yes, but I believe it's important these things are put in - it shows that Google is (still) run by humans, and I for one appreciate that they can break "procedure" to show some humor. After all, we don't always use Google services for professional purposes.

When I saw the snow on youtube ABOUT EIGHT HOURS AGO i did wonder how long it would take before Neowin picked up on it.
I mean, seriously, why would you report this? Almost everybody watches a youtube video at least once a day.

AFineFrenzy said,
When I saw the snow on youtube ABOUT EIGHT HOURS AGO i did wonder how long it would take before Neowin picked up on it.
I mean, seriously, why would you report this? Almost everybody watches a youtube video at least once a day.

Firstly, 8 hours is not a day, and the planet has this fine thing called timezones, meaning that to some, like me, this is new.

Secondly, your own browsing habits do not reflect the browsing habits of others. I for one rarely browse Youtube at all, I'll generally only even look at videos on Youtube through forum embeds and Facebook/Diaspora links.

And finally, why did you even opt to comment if you had nothing constructive to say?

Majesticmerc said,

Firstly, 8 hours is not a day, and the planet has this fine thing called timezones, meaning that to some, like me, this is new.

Secondly, your own browsing habits do not reflect the browsing habits of others. I for one rarely browse Youtube at all, I'll generally only even look at videos on Youtube through forum embeds and Facebook/Diaspora links.

And finally, why did you even opt to comment if you had nothing constructive to say?

Funny, because nothing in your own comment was constructive, either.

Hey John, I added the "let it snow" to my website, would you like to put that on the FrontPage as well? Let me know and I will email you my website link. Thanks.