I am in the initial roll-out group for being able to upload a background image to Google’s home page. I love it. I love Bing’s amazing photos on its homepage, but I love seeing my daughter cruising down a slide even more:

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  • Michael D  June 3, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    OK, I think you made a point here. I was not going to bother adding a photo but it looks a lot better than the plain white background. Gonna have to go through my photo album and select a favorite.

  • Andrew Shotland  June 3, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    If they can make it more like a rotating slide show I think they’ve got a big winner here.

  • bobby  June 3, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Still has not hit here and one know when the full roll out is? FWI Favitt does this plus they let you upload more than one pic

  • Jack Ringer  June 4, 2010 at 1:54 am

    Not available in the UK as yet. I’m usually lucky to be invited to beta tests and such.

    I like the Bing search pages but don’t like the results – this will swing people that went to Bing back to Google.


  • Jim Rudnick  June 4, 2010 at 5:33 am

    and….hold your breath, cause the ‘next’ great “geez, I should’a thought’a that one” app will be a simple browser addon that will allow you to fill up a folder with various fav pix, and then every time you go to google.com, one of same will be used as the background.

    way things work on the web, I’m surprised it aint’ out here already…but it will be!

    ahh…entrepeneurism….a great thing, eh!



  • Tim Cohn  June 4, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Great example…

    You can make your theme dynamic by adding more images. A dynamic theme shows a series of images (up to 16) throughout the day.

  • Tim Cohn  June 4, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Well I guess that’s for iGoogle themes – kind of the same thing – but not..

  • Tim Cohn  June 4, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Ok… got mine loaded too…

    The National Geographic stock items are pretty cool…

    “These images will be available to view and share in Picasa Web Albums.”

    Do you know if Google automagically posts the uploaded images to your Picasa account or is optional?

  • Tom Crandall  June 4, 2010 at 10:58 am

    This is a ploy to keep people logged in to Gmail or their Google account!

  • Andrew Shotland  June 4, 2010 at 11:18 am

    And it’s working spectacularly well for me

  • Will Scott  June 5, 2010 at 11:40 am

    That is fantastic. I can’t wait for the full rollout.


  • Jack Ringer  June 5, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Wahey – It’s really nice. I now have a lovely photo of my wife smiling at me

    @ Tom – yes but what a “ploy” from the masters of stickiness


  • personal trainer nyc  June 7, 2010 at 3:16 am

    i love the bing home page its cool and google had come p with nice idea for pacman anniversary..its too cool

  • Jack Ringer  June 7, 2010 at 5:31 am

    Nice post personal trainer nyc 😉

  • Alexis  June 10, 2010 at 9:06 am

    It’s great but you people on here are crazy. It is just a website get a life.

  • Jack Ringer  June 10, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Alexis you are so right – I’ve given up on all this forum stuff but Andrew does, in the main, have a good blog.

    It’s the big SEO blogs that get on my nerves.

    SEO is so easy it’s untrue and I went and got myself a life – well a bell really..

    Spot me outside Harrod’s at Christmas – so much more fun than reading about Bill Gates every fart


  • Alexis  June 10, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Like I said, who cares about SEO. Don’t you people have work to do or children to raise. Maybe that’s why kids are so screwed up. They have parents like you idiots who worry about search engines not teaching them about life. They will grow up and be a goober like you.

  • Andrew Shotland  June 10, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Ok, Jack, let me know where the Bill Gates Fartracker site is as I will be all over it.

    Alexi, thanks for dropping by. Please don’t bother in the future.

  • Jack Ringer  June 16, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Hi – Andrew – Yes I wish I knew I could bottle them and sell them on eBay.

    Alexi may have been right in his thoughts but should really have not chimed in with his comment

    I have lived “SEO” for years and to be honest only every frequent “local flavoured blogs” now as I find the others very, very hum drum

    Bickering about keywords isn’t the life for me 😉

    So I read your blog along with Matt McGee and – em – Matt em that fella from Google and Hobo over here in the UK

    Oh and David Naylor too – All of these blogs I find have no crap 🙂

    Best Wishes Andrew

    Jack Ringer
    The only SEO Town Crier in the World – Hey it was a good niche 🙂

  • Jack Ringer  June 16, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Pardon all the wanky expressions too

  • Stu  June 28, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Good thing your daughter looks like her mom. Otherwise, she’d really be screwed up.

  • Istria  November 13, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Nice post, i liked!