If you got a free moment try to do the following: open Google’s homepage and type ‘do a barrel roll’. Click Enter.
Did the Earth move for you? The image in your browser should — well, it should have done a barrel roll.
It is the latest such gimmick to appear on Google, following a similar amusement in which users could adjust the angle of the screen by entering the word “tilt” as a search term.
The barrel roll game does not seem to function on all browsers but appears to work best using Firefox and Chrome.
iPhone and iPad users can also do a barrel roll on their devices, but Android and Blackberry holders are out of luck.
“Today’s fun query, ‘do a barrel roll,’ was created by a Google software engineer with the primary goal of entertaining users — while showcasing the power of CSS3, a presentation feature of modern browsers,’ Google explained. “
The “do a barrel roll” query, which causes the search page to spin, will remain in place for a while.”
The feature can also be used if one searches the phrase ‘Z or R twice,’ Google’s homage to the Nintendo 64 video game Star Fox.
The search engine has also developed a reputation for such eccentricities through its “Google doodles”, which regularly spruce up its home page.
On Monday, the tech powerhouse utilized six enormous pumpkins to spell out its name in celebration of Halloween.
Naturally, Twitter is already delightfully excited by these four seconds and is attempting to turn them into a conversation for the whole day.
Here there are a few sample comments: “Google is being nerdy again and I love it,” “It will bring you joy for approximately 5 seconds.”