GOOGLE’S NEW SEARCH TRICK, like the proverbial snowflake, is like no other.
Starting today, you can type “let it snow” in the home page’s search bar and — voila! — soon your screen is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, as a flurry of flakes drifts downward.
Then — to mix our metaphorical seasons — the digital “Easter egg” continues as the screen frosts over. Use your cursor as an ice scraper to draw in the “frosted glass” effect — or click on the search “Defrost” button.
This is perhaps the coolest Google search trick since “do a barrel roll,” which produces a vintage video-game effect.
Although this isn’t a “Google Doodle,” who knows? If it proves popular enough, it might just end up as paraphernalia in the recently opened Google Store.
And for another current seasonal effect, type “Hanukkah” into the search bar.
Happy holidays, Google!
Comic Riffs’ TOP TEN GOOGLE DOODLES OF 2011 :
1. LES PAUL: THE PLAYABLE GUITAR
2. MARTHA GRAHAM: THE ANIMATION DANCE
3. LUCILLE BALL: CHANNELING THE HIGHLIGHTS
4. FREDDIE MERCURY: THE MUSIC VIDEO
5. JIM HENSON: THE CLICKABLE MUPPETS
6. ART CLOKEY: THE “GUMBY DOODLE”
7. JULES VERNE: DEEP-SEA DOODLE
8. MARY BLAIR: THE DISNEY DOODLE
9. THOMAS EDISON: THE ILLUMINATING DOODLE
10. MARK TWAIN: THE HANNIBAL PANORAMA
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