Google creates playful search-based snowfallby Steven Mostyn - Dec 19 2011, 18:11
It’s good to know that although Google’s software engineers are hard at work helping the Internet titan take over the world, they can still find time for a little playful fun as the holiday period draws closer.
Moreover, building on the sporadic smile value already associated with its main-page commemorative doodles, Google has now brought an animated snowfall and a chill frost to computer browsers.
In order to experience said burst of seasonal atmospherics, Google users need only type ‘let it snow’ into the search engine’s text box—at which point snow flakes begin to fall and a covering of ice gradually blurs the screen.
Those wanting to extract a little more interaction from Google’s wintry treat can even drag their mouse around in order to ‘draw a finger’ through the frost and reveal the screen beneath.
Thankfully not permanent virtual weather, users need only hit the site’s still visible ‘Search’ button, which will appear to them as ‘Defrost’, in order to clean the entire screen and return to a world of crisp, clear browsing.
Nice touch, Google.