Google recently announced on its blog that you can choose a photo from your computer, your own Picasa Web Album or a public gallery hosted by Picasa which includes a selection of beautiful photos to change the background image.
Google’s iGoogle feature which helped the users to personalize the Google home page according to their preferences had its debut in 2005. That feature was more focused on offering widgets to be added and personalized the page as per individual functionality needed a click away. Though the iGoogle feature also had the option of changing the image it was never highlighted.
This link on the home page of Google which says ‘ change background image ‘ is highlighted by Google by giving the link on the home page and making it very obvious that it is only for the background image.
We all know that bing.com always have picturesque images in the background and that has become its identity.
So, does this option suggest that Google is copying bing ?
Well, if the answer is yes then I don’t think Google needs to go the bing way just to offer this feature to the users as Google’s identity lies in the purity of the white color on the home page and that should be retained.
Though Google had this feature also available on iGoogle since a long time people have always opted the Google home page to remain white in color with the colorful Google logo on it with the search box – THE GOOGLE IDENTITY – SEARCH.
Hence, Google should stop offering these non-funtional options and give more qualitative options from the search perspective.