Google has an iconic homepage that keeps all things plain and simple. You see a prolific Google Doodle in the center, a search box under it, and two buttons – one on the left reads ‘Google Search’ and the right-side button reads ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’.
When you type a keyword in the search box and click the button on the left, it obviously does what it says. Google’s search engine generates results for the keyword and shows it in a new search results page.
But, I never clicked on the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button on Google to see what it does. Like most of you, I wondered – What is this ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button on Google’s homepage?
I typed something in the search box and clicked on that button to see what it does. It was surely a different way of using the world’s most-used search engine.
So, here’s all that I learned about the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button on Google’s homepage.
Google’s homepage or the search screen has this strange button. It is labeled ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ and these three words surely confuse you. You’d be apprehensive to try such a button.
What does ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button mean? It first makes you wonder what a person feeling lucky has to do with a search engine.
Then, it also reminds you of the famous Dirty Harry line when Clint Eastwood says – “Do you feel lucky, punk? Well, do you?”
The button doesn’t literally consider your “luck” when you tap it. It is probably Google’s creative way of getting your attention.
For most of us, a button that says “‘I’m Feeling Lucky’” may actually make you wonder if you do feel lucky at the moment.
Prodding someone to start thinking whether he or she is feeling lucky is a smart way of Google enlightening its users.
For someone who’s feeling hapless the whole day, opening Google’s homepage and discovering this button can surely make rest of the day better.
Apart from setting the mood of users, Google has other thoughts behind keeping the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button on its homepage. The button offers a cool feature when you click on it.
Type a keyword – let’s say “daily tech posts”. Now, click on the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button and you’ll directly land on our homepage.
In a normal Google search, when you use this particular keyword, our website’s homepage is the top result. So, the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button basically directs you to the URL of the first result on its search results page.
You can bypass the search engine results page and directly land on the website. In every instance, the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button selects the perfect match for your keyword and loads the respective URL webpage.
According to reports, Google’s ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button is rarely used by users worldwide. Less than 1% of all searches on Google register the use of this feature.
While this feature costs the tech giant (Google, Inc.) roughly $100 million a year, there’s no chance of the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button getting removed from Google’s homepage.
What does ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button do on Google? It bypasses all the advertisements and search results page to save your time. You can use the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button to save a few extra seconds and directly jump to the first result for your keyword.
Don’t use the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ feature when you want to look at several results for your keywords. If you need to go through a lot of sites before landing on the appropriate one, the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button is of no use here.
How to Play Tricks & Games with Google’s ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’
You’d be surprised to learn all the cool tricks you can do with Google’s ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button.
Points out Google bombs
The feature is best used to detect Googlewashing practices, commonly known as “Google Bombs.” It is a search engine optimization (SEO) practice where you can rank your website on the top spot of Google’s first search result page.
It is a trick that most website administrators use. You link your website heavily with all the direct, relevant as well as unrelated search terms.
When this Google-bombing practice is employed on a website, you can type these relevant terms in the search box and click on ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button. You’ll land only on the website heavily linked with the particular search term or keyword(s).
Changes with Google Doodles
The ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button on Google is also connected with Google Doodle. On special days, Google displays an intuitive Doodle on its homepage. You can type a search term and simply place your cursor on the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button, but don’t click on it.
Now, you’ll see the button change its ‘mood’. It keeps spinning like a wheel of fortune and you see different phrases randomly appearing on the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button.
Here are some ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button phrases you may come across commonly –
- ‘I’m Feeling Generous’
- ‘I’m Feeling Puzzled’
- ‘I’m Feeling Stellar’
- ‘I’m Feeling Hungry’
This is a cool, hidden trick. You can click on ‘I’m Feeling Hungry’ and land on the webpage of your nearest and best-rated restaurant. You can click on ‘I’m Feeling Generous’ and go to the top website for making donations online.
The ‘Find Chuck Norris’ trick
I think the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ feature is inspired by Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry line. But, that’s not all for Google’s cool ways to surprise you.
The search engine is also a huge fan of Chuck Norris, the action comedy icon. You’d remember the Hollywood star from all the famous jokes that revolve around him. For being this unbeatable guy, Google keeps a special place for Chuck Norris.
- Type “find Chuck Norris” in Google’s search box
- Click on ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button
- You’ll land on this page: http://www.nochucknorris.com/
It’s drawn from the joke – you can’t find Chuck Norris, he finds you! There’s nothing impossible for both Chuck Norris and Google, and this trick is quite a testimony.
‘Google Gravity’ trick – All falls down!
There’s another cool trick with the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ feature. It is an entertaining way to make all web pages upside down or fall apart.
The Google Gravity trick changes not only Google’s home page but the web pages of succeeding searches.
Try this —
- Type “Google Gravity” in the search box
- Click on ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’
- Move your cursor and see everything fall apart
Impressed? That’s Google’s way of losing its gravity.
So, go ahead and use Google’s ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button for these cool tricks and surprises.
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