After finally implementing a tool to rename folders in Google Reader (what took them so long?!), Google has also introduced a new feature: the option to customize the background image in the Google homepage.
The feature is being slowly rolled out, so don’t worry if you don’t see it yet. For those who already have it enabled, you should see a Change background image link in the bottom left corner of Google’s homepage.
Clicking this link brings up Google’s background image menu, with four options: using an image saved on your computer, using an image from your Picasa Web Albums, selecting a wallpaper from public photos featured in Piacasa Web Albums or selecting it from a set of Google recommended wallpapers.
Images you use as Google background must be at least 800×600, preferably in landscape orientation – that is, wider than taller. Several formats are supported, including JPG, BMP, GIF, PSD and even some selected RAW formats. Also, you’ll need one of the following browsers: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 7 or later, Firefox 3.x and Safari 3 or later.When you want to change the image, or you feel like going back to Google’s original minimalist design, simply click the Remove background image link at the bottom of the page.