Birthday Reminders Coming to Google Homepage
Company boosts its social appeal
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2012 11:31 AM CDT
   (Google.com)

(Newser) – Google put an ad on its minimalistic front page for the first time yesterday, and soon it will start giving away more of that desirable real estate … for birthday reminders. Yep, within the next few days, any Google+ member performing a search on Google.com in English will see birthday reminders in the upper righthand corner of the page, where Google+ notifications already show up. The notifications will appear whenever anyone in your Google+ circles has a birthday, explains Irene Chung. (Don't want to share your birthday with all the people in your circles? You can change your settings.)

The Next Web sees this move—"integrating its social functionality into its most prized product"—as more evidence "that Google has gone completely social as a company," writes Drew Olanoff. The weird part: It seems the new feature will only be available on Google's main search page, not on the actual Google+ stream.

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right2dave
Aug 30, 2012 9:33 AM CDT
Another way to generate cash!
DarkFrancis
Aug 29, 2012 9:49 PM CDT
Was my birthday last week and I had my own Google doodle of birthday cakes. At first I thought, "What the hell is this about, did someone invent cake on my birthday?" Then I ran my mouse over the thing and it said 'Happy Birthday, Nx!' It was a little discomfiting until I realised it was obviously all my doing.
schmidtkoff
Aug 29, 2012 7:19 PM CDT
dump google as a search engine and use gibiru or ixquick instead.