For web surfers who haven't visited Google's home page since the end of last week, the search engine giant launched on Saturday a spectacular HTML 5-based particle movement simulator "logo." The interactive logo is comprised of colored balls that scatter all over the page as if repelled by the cursor. The balls will eventually return to their original "Google" state until the user disrupts the gathering again with the cursor.
Originally it was speculated that the logo was created in celebration of Google's birthday. However a Google spokesperson clarified, saying that it's "fast, fun and interactive, just the way we think search should be" without specifying further details. It's now believed that the logo is related to the press event scheduled for Wednesday.
Since its launch, the new logo is reportedly hogging up loads of CPU for many visitors. Annoyed Google users have thus flocked to the official forum to express their grief. "When [I] found my Core 2 Duo running at 30-40 per cent usage with the animation, with no way I could see to turn it off, I decided to solve the problem by going back to the background image, but the 'Change background image' link is gone," said one user.
For those experiencing problems displaying the new logo, users are encouraged to load up https://www.google.com in their browser, a secure beta version that doesn't display the interactive logo. Google users who already have an account can actually log out to see the 'Change background image' link listed at the bottom left of the page. The link takes users back to a login page and an area for switching the background.