Google’s Interesting Link Placement

Google has added this new feature to their homepage called ‘Change background image’. It lets you upload a photo that you’ll see each time you open Google’s homepage (sort of like Bing), so that you’ll see that image rather than Google’s standard white background.

You can see the ‘Change background image’ link at the bottom of their page.

What’s interesting to me is that the link is below Google’s copyright symbol and ‘Privacy’ link.

Previously, Marissa Mayer, Google’s Vice President of Search Product and User Experience has said that Google added the copyright line to their homepage to let users know that the page was done loading. (It’s not there for legal reasons.) Google’s homepage is so spartan compared to many other sites, she claimed, that early on people didn’t realize that the page had finished loading unless there was some sort of signal given, like a copyright symbol and year.

But, now that the ‘Change background image’ link is present, I guess there’s no need for the copyright symbol or date. (Maybe this is a sign of Mayer’s waning influence at Google.)

I wonder if they’ll get rid of it.

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