Mr. Doob is among popular programmers who have developed new and fun ways in which users can make use of the Google search tool. His experiments frequently involve manipulating the regular search page to perform various features that keep users hooked and entertained. His three favorite features are Google Gravity, Google Space, and Google Sphere. Below is a brief look at those features and what they involve.
P.S. I’ve been thinking of breathing new life into this post. I might turn this into a post with even more Google tricks or create an additional one. I’ll start by adding one at a time and also provide more resources about previously mentioned tricks.
Google Gravity is an innovative web feature whereby the page that has been open begins to perform some exciting and fun tricks. The contents of the internet page may seem as though they are falling, or the web page itself might look as though it is turning upside down. Once you enter the page, it will display a standard Google homepage with the search boxes and links that you would expect.
However, a second later or once some form of activity such as mouse movement is detected, all the contents of the page drop down as if gravity is pulling them down. You can then click and drag any of the links or content up or sideways and have them fall again or hold them in position by holding down the left mouse button.
If users want, they can type into the search box. However, clicking on the ‘search function’ and I’m feeling lucky’ buttons will not achieve anything as they have not yet been implemented to work as they usually should. The other elements that have links work accordingly and will end up redirecting the user to the respective search page once clicked.
Mr. Doob seems to be the creator of Google gravity. But, other than showing the trick, his site does not tell you much about it. If you’re interested, you can read more about Google Gravity here. The site previously mentioned is one of the best resources on Google tricks, in my opinion.
Google Space is yet another innovative web feature whereby all the contents of the internet page circle around randomly as though they are in space. Once a user opens up the link, the page will first seem like a regular Google homepage, and just a second later, the elements of the page will begin hovering around the screen randomly just as any object would hover about in a zero-gravity environment like space.
Users can also manipulate the positioning of the elements that float by left-clicking on an object and holding the left click down and moving to any desired direction. While it is possible to type in the search box, the ‘Google search’ and the ‘I’m feeling lucky’ buttons have not yet been implemented to work as they usually should. The other elements that have links do work and will redirect you to the respective search page once clicked.
Google Sphere is also another ingenious web feature whereby all the contents of the page form like a sphere. The company logo acts as a center of the sphere as the rest of the elements of the page revolve around it. Unlike Google Gravity and Google Space, Google Sphere uses old images for the company logo format for the elements and links that revolve around the page.
The rotation of the objects can also be controlled by pointing the mouse button to a particular direction in which the objects will rotate towards. The speed of the rotation can also be controlled as pointing the mouse button closer to the Google logo slows down the rotation while aiming it further speeds it up.
Just as the previous features, the search box can be typed into, but hitting enter or clicking on the ‘Search Images’ button will not work as it usually should, but the other elements that contain links will work when clicked and redirects the user to the respective search page.
Askew Google trick
You can learn more about the Askew Google trick here and see many more. This trick is so simple in the way that by searching for “Askew” in Google, the screen is skewed. Try it for yourself.