Google to Offer Skins for Personalized Users
If I’m reading this news correctly, Google will today launch six landscape “skins” for the Google Personalized Homepage.
Google’s new package of decorations, also known as “skins”, are designed to make the home page feel even more homey, said Marissa Mayer, the company’s vice president of search products and user experience.
“Google has become the doorway to the internet for a lot of people, so we want to make (the site) feel more like an online living room,” Mayer said.
“We feel we are personalising things in a very tasteful and useable way.”
And the skins available?
…Google’s first set of decorations consist of just six themes revolving mostly around landscapes. The settings include a Japanese tea garden, a beach, a city skyline and a bus stop. Google plans to introduce a few more themes each month and eventually may accept outside submissions, Mayer said.
Could it get any cheesier?
Users are asked to enter their post code so the digital drawings change from day to night and change with the weather. The designs also will contain hidden surprises known as “Easter eggs” that will open up with an opportune click at the right time of the day, Mayer said.
OK, I’m just, just…lost for words. You take it from here.
UPDATE: The skins are now live (see example below). They certainly have a nice feel to them and I like that they change the overall theme of the page. I’ve entered my zip and now can’t wait to see if some kids come and graffiti the bus stop, when the sun goes down.