Nov 03 2012

Google Search Background Images Going Away

I myself am one amongst the many that use a custom background for their Google homepage. I have used the same one for more than 5 years and I like it quite a bit. Google has just started displaying a notice that on November 16, 2012 they will be doing away with the background images to create a more “streamlined” search engine. Ohh great….

I hope Google isn’t doing this just to compete with Bing’s useless images on their homepage. I for one hope that even if they do re-create their homepage that they somehow leave the ability to add a custom background.

Google posted the following in a notification window on their search page:

Background images are going away on November 16, 2012
Thank you for using background images. As we build a more streamlined Google Search page for everyone, we’ll no longer be able to support customization with background images. So you will no longer be able to see your background pictures starting November 16, 2012.
Click Remove to stop using a background image now. Your current background image and Picasa web albums will still be available to you.
I don’t want to loose my background and I know that I am not alone. A quick search on Twitter found tons of people every minute tweeting about their desire to keep their Google homepage background.






In the end, I hope that Google reconsiders or implements a custom background into their new design… What are your opinions? Do you have a custom background? Care to share?
  • Kyle Venter

    No way Google, you are taking away free choice, freakin gestapo, in order to improve your vast income you are now removing background images so as to sell the space to the highest bidder. Whores, do you think we are stupid? It is simply greed and not supposed ‘streamlining’ that is driving this move. Why are you doing this, really? Is it because win 8 is such a disaster in terms of appearance that they have made a deal with you that only lets users use an extension “Awesome Tab Page”, with their siff win 8 styled background/images in order to drive up familiarity with win 8 and thereby subconsciously brain wash users into using win 8? I think this is pathetic and low and you are selling your awesome image far too short. I have loved Google since the start and every battle you win over crapple is one for the free and the brave, but now, all you are doing is going down the same path as apple. Why? I swear if you become controlling like apple, I will simply throw my pc and my android phone in the bin or donate it to charity and never use another google device again. This is typical gestapo shit, it all starts like this and the worst is that so many people have placed their trust in you. Do Not Do It, this is not a warning, this is a promise, there will be significant repercussions for your uninformed high and mighty decisions. Is google so big now and the new director so high and mighty that you are forgetting the very people who help you exist? Well, mr google director, your shit stinks just like the rest of us and if you take a decision like this you are in affect biting the hand that feeds you, don’t fuck with us, we clean your house, we mow your lawn, we take out your trash, we can get to you anywhere, we are the unseen cogs in the machinery and all we ask for is freedom of choice. What you are doing here is taking that away from us. You have been warned. P.S. Hackers Unite!!!!

  • ShinySearch

    You can goto shinysearch.com to create your Google homepage with your own background image. Also we have a lot of pre-made homepage styles you can use.

    • Cool but it’s not the same.

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