Google hides World Cup Easter egg in search

Those who search for "World Cup" will find an Easter egg at the bottom of the page. The feature is not site-wide, but only relates to that specific query.

FIFA World Cup
Google is getting ready for the FIFA World Cup. Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET

Google has changed a single search page to prepare us all for the FIFA World Cup , which is slated to begin in just two days.

When users type "World Cup" into Google Search, they will find a different header at the bottom of the page where Google allows users to click on the desired page in results. Instead of the familiar "Goooooogle," the page says, "Goooooooal!."

Wondering if the change occurred on every search page related to the World Cup, I started trying other queries out, like "soccer," "world cup soccer," and others. In each instance, the familiar "Goooooogle" was listed at the bottom of the page. So, it would seem that, at least based on my experience with Search, only the "World Cup" query will reveal the Easter egg.

Google's search page change isn't the only thing it's doing for soccer fans. The company announced in a blog post on Tuesday that it has also added StreetView images for all the stadiums where the World Cup will be played in South Africa. The company also announced that those going to South Africa can view a newly created tourism map in Google Maps to find places to visit in the country.

(Via Gizmodo)

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Don Reisinger is a technology columnist who has covered everything from HDTVs to computers to Flowbee Haircut Systems. Besides his work with CNET, Don's work has been featured in a variety of other publications including PC World and a host of Ziff-Davis publications.

 

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