If you surfed to Google.com today and were surprised to find a colorful background instead of the usual white, you weren't alone.
It seems that Google has decided to give everyone a trial run of its newly available backgrounds, whether you wantit or not. Apparently it will last only 24 hours.
The availability of backgrounds debuted last week. Google's blog descibes it this way:
Last week, we announced a new feature that lets you add a favorite photo or image to the background of your Google.com homepage.
To provide you with an extra bit of inspiration, we‘ve collaborated with several well-known artists, sculptors and photographers to create a gallery of background images you can use to personalize your Google homepage. Included in the collection are photographs of the works of Dale Chihuly, Jeff Koons, Tom Otterness, Polly Apfelbaum, Kengo Kuma (隈研吾), Kwon, Ki-soo (권기수) and Tord Boontje, as well as some incredible photos from Yann Arthus-Bertrand and National Geographic. We’ll be featuring these images as backgrounds on the Google homepage over the next 24 hours.
This is an apparent bid to compete with Microsoft's Bing search engine which has had background images from the start.
Google allows you to remove the image by clicking "remove background image" at the bottom left.
TechMan doesn't mind the temporary image, but he wonders about any effect on loading the site. It doesn't seem to slow things down, but Google for years has said they keep their homepage plain to make it load as fast as possible.