Google is frequently showing special logos for notable and famous people’s birthdays, such as the birthdays of John Lennon, Hans Christian Andersen and Agatha Christie by replacing its standard homepage logo with custom doodles.
Now the Search Engine Giant is commemorating every Google user’s birthday with a special birthday doodle and Google Profile flair.
Over the weekend, Google announced the birthday surprise, explaining that the special doodle will appear on Google.com if you add your birthday to your Google Profile and are signed in to the service on the special day.
You can then click on the birthday logo to see your Google Profile, which will be decked out with virtual streamers, a cupcake and a “Happy Birthday” message from Google.
“Because doodles are such a fun part of the search experience, we thought we’d share a fun little way Google will help celebrate your birthday,” informs the Google blog.
“When you include your date of birth on your Google profile, you may notice a special treat on the Google homepage on your birthday (be sure to sign in). Click on the doodle for another birthday surprise.”
The personalized touch is a nice addition to the Google experience, but we also suspect less altruistic motivations behind the gesture — mainly, to encourage more Google users to claim and fill out their Google Profiles.
Google has also renamed its Google Suggest feature to Google Autocomplete. The new name makes it seem less like Google is offering suggestions and more like it’s automatically showing search queries other users have entered. [Google Blog via Mashable]