Add Background Images to Google Homepage

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I don’t know if this is just new or not. However, it is the first that I have seen of it. Google is allowing people to customize the search homepage a la Bing.

When you go to the main Google search page, you will see in the bottom left hand corner a link to “change the background”. Clicking on the link brings up a pop-up box with various options for finding images.

You can choose pictures from your computer, your picasa web photos, a public gallery or from the “Editor’s picks”. You have to be signed into your account and you will be prompted to do so when you click the link. A neat feature but will people use it? Bing used it to their advantage allowing them to put some distance between them and Google in comparisons. Bing also incorporated some neat information within pictures tools like flickr. But is this what Google users want or are we so used to the minimalist style of the clean white page that this feature will go unused?

Is this a feature you will use? Let us know in the comments!