Although this time I have a mixed bag of hidden google tricks in a multitude of its products.
After the earlier post was widely appreciated I set out to find more such Google Easter Eggs. On the way to which I discovered a lot of fun Google things like some amazing doodles, Google April fool jokes, Gmail, reader, translate and other Google product tricks.
Putting it all into a single post would have made it a bit messy and I wanted to publish only the best of the tricks. And here they are -
Go to Google.com (Not working for country specific domains like google.co.in) and just hover your mouse over the “I’m feeling lucky” button.
The text on the button changes on every hover like “i’m feeling playful”, “i’m feeling Puzzled” or “i’m feeling trendy” clicking on the button takes you to various google powered sites, games or to google trends.agoogleaday ate my 20 mins
Another fun thing to do on google is entering some search term and watching the weird results that google returns. For the above search terms the result returned is the number one a reference to the song by Harry Nilsson.
This is one cool thing to do with google! Just click the above link which searches Google Maps for the way from Shire to Mordor. When you ask for walking directions a warning is shown – Use caution – One does not simply walk into Mordor. (If you haven’t read Lord of the Rings you’ll be lost on this one :p ).
I don’t know how the google guys find time to put this fun stuff into the google products. If you look up any of the above words, that is binary, hexadecimal or octal just take a look at the number of results found.
Kerning in typography means spacing between letters for a harmonious design experience. Click the above link and observe the search results closely.
Konami code up up down down B A
Konami code appears in a lot of japanese games. Its a cheat code that gives the player privileges such as extra lives in the game. Sign into your google reader account and press the kinami code to see a small ninja appear on the screen.
Pacman is one my favorite google doodles. Earlier it was available at google.com/pacman but now has been shifted to the google doodles archive. Whenever I get bored at work (which happens a Lot) I just open the bookmarked google pacman game to pass my time.
Again a gaming term, Zerg Rush means a sudden attack in masses. Check out what happens to the search results after you enter ‘Zerg Rush’ in the search bar and hit enter.
This one is a simple yet fun. Google confirms that the number of horns on a unicorn is in fact one.
I discovered this one all by myself (don’t roll your eyes at me!). My home Internet connection isn’t exactly google-fiber fast so buffering is a part of my life. Once while staring at the rotating dots on youtube
I pressed the arrow keys in some sequence and the dots started moving around the video! Go ahead and try it out. Try various combinations of pressing the arrow keys.
This one is just for the die hard google fans. Google Timeline shows you the entire journey of Google starting from its inception years 1995-1997. Whats more, the timeline is totally interactive.
This is just another way of making the search results page do a barrel roll.
My favorite of all these tricks is this one. The link above takes you to google translate with weird words entered into the translate box. Just click the sound button at the botton and enjoy beatboxing! You can make your own ‘translate words’ for more fun.
Comway’s life is game invented by British mathematician John Horton Conway in 1970 as a zero-player game. Googling the term “conway’s game of life” starts a cellular automaton that spreads through the entire search results page.
These fun things to do on google, in a small way help relieve stress. Even if its just by a bit. I would take this opportunity to thank the google developers for hiding these fun easter eggs in various google products.
Some of the above tricks were added by readers of the blog as comments to my previous post – 10 Fun Things to Do With Google Search. Please feel free to submit your suggestions/feedback/additions as comments. I’ll try to incorporate all of them.
Also see my list of the Best Google Reader Alternatives. I have compared all the best ones out there based on various parameters to help you make an informed decision regarding your new RSS reader.