Saturday, November 3, 2012

Google Changes Background Customization

On a quiet Saturday morning, November 3rd, 2012, I fired up my computer in an effort to do some work.  Often, at least at my age now, formal work and Saturdays don’t mix.  On occasion I will work on a Saturday and, when I do, it is usually just answering some emails on my SmartPhone or checking on what I have going on Monday through a calendar app.  Today I went to Google Docs and noticed a notification.  Basically it was a thank you and a warning.  The thank you was for using Google’s background imaging function and the warning was that it is going away on November 16th.  Google allows people to add their own picture to the background and customize their Google Homepage.  This is ending soon.  Most people would not find this to be such a big deal.  Most people have a pretty picture of a cute, white, fluffy puppy or a setting sun beyond a dock over a lake or pond.  Not me.  I actually customize my background so that whenever I open Google I see my goals for the year shining right back at me. I can't help but see them and find this a very powerful tool.  Now I’ve never read the book The Secret by Rhonda Bryne, but I intend to.  One of the quotes from this book is “what you think about you bring about.”  What better way, for someone who spends many hours a day on a computer to see and think about their goals than customizing their Google background with a screenshot of their goals?  I really have no idea how many times I see my goals, think about my goals and plan to achieve my goals after looking at my customized Google home search page.  This might be very strange for one man in a small Pennsylvanian town to ask this but, hey Google, could you let us keep customizing our search homepage?