It is rare to visit a page on Google where some service or feature in addition to what you originally needed is not being offered. The main search page for Google is a prime example. Many times the original Google logo is transformed into a Google Doodle commemorating a holiday or significant event. The image provided below has an August 15, 2012 Google Doodle for the 100th birthday of Julia Child. Underneath that Doodle is the main Google search bar with two radio buttons beneath the search bar. The radio buttons are the Google Search and I’m Feeling Lucky buttons.
If you have never used the I’m Feeling Lucky button before you are in the majority. According to Google only about 1% of users ever click that button, so the introduction of a new feature to I’m Feeling Lucky may change that. Previously clicking the button without entering a search term in the search bar first would direct you to the Google Doodles page, while entering a search term first would automatically send you to the top ranked website for that search.
Today if you hover over the I’m Feeling Lucky radio button you will see the text work like a slot machine, scrolling through a list of different options and randomly stopping on one. I’m Feeling Lucky now changes to:
- I’m Feeling Artistic – directs you to Google Art Project selected randomly
- I’m Feeling Doodly – directs you to a Google Doodle selected randomly
- I’m Feeling Hungry – directs you to a restaurant search
- I’m Feeling Playful – directs you an interactive Google Doodle selected randomly
- I’m Feeling Puzzled – directs you to a Google-a-Day page
- I’m Feeling Stellar – directs you to Google Earth
- I’m Feeling Trendy – directs you to Google Hot Searches
- I’m Feeling Wonderful – directs you to a World Wonders project selected randomly
While this change may not be a revolutionary search experience it does make things interesting and fun. Next time you are on the Home Page for Google try the I’m Feeling Lucky button and see what happens!