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Would You Groan if Google’s Feeling Lucky Button Was Gone?

Barry Schwartz of SearchEngineWatch recently highlighted an article by The Washington Post on the “Google Feeling Lucky Button”, pointing out that while the button is rarely used, Google executives understand that removal would bring an onslaught of protest.

But the company has no plans to evict “I’m Feeling Lucky,” which whisks users directly to the top Web page matching their search query, even though this feature faces mounting competition from other Google services that could benefit from display on one of the most precious tracts of Internet real estate.

“If we took it away, there would be mass protests worldwide,” said Marissa Mayer, vice president for search products and user experience. “It’s part of our heritage. It’s part of what users really like about us.”

Do you use the Google “Feeling Lucky” button? The only time I have is when someone has pointed me to a very funny link that consistently turns up like how “miserable failure” used to turn up the George W. Bush official website, and how “white house idiot” used to turn up web pages on George W. Bush, but today turns up this CNN story on the Foley scandal.

Sometimes the Google Feeling Lucky button gets it right. Type in “lorelle” and you will get , this blog! It used to bring in my main site, , but this site has pushed that one out of the lucky business. Hmmm. ;-)

What does it display when you type in your name? That might be fun. There is a lot of fun you can have with the Google Feeling Lucky button. Got any good ones?

And if you totally ignore it, would you protest if they removed it?

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12 Comments

  1. Posted October 12, 2006 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    One important function of I’m Feeling Lucky is when you type text into the Firefox address bar and hit enter. If the text is not URL then Firefox runs an I’m Feeling Lucky search. I know this isn’t directly related to the button but it is related to the functionality. I only click the button in the circumstances you describe as well.

  2. Posted October 12, 2006 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    Great story about how a blogger met his girlfriend because she typed in his first name, hit “I’m feeling lucky” and then read his blog

  3. Posted October 12, 2006 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    I’ve never really used the button much, except in instances like you described (miserable failure, etc.)

    I don’t think I’d consciously miss it if it were gone, but I might get a subconscious jolt of “Whoa, something’s not right here!” the first few times I hit Google. After all, I’ve been seeing the same Google search page for quite a few years now.

  4. Posted October 12, 2006 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    I’ve only used it twice. I wouldn’t miss it at all.

  5. Posted October 12, 2006 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    I can’t remember ever using the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button, except when I hit the wrong button by mistake. I definitely wouldn’t miss it and would welcome another feature being added in its place (not sure what though).

  6. Posted October 12, 2006 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Feeling lucky with Google or in Vegas — same difference: the feeling vanishes quickly.
    Seriously, I know I always have to scroll down to somewhere near the bottom of the third page to find what I need: should the ‘feeling lucky’ button pick at random around the bottom of the third page, I might feel luckier.

  7. Posted October 13, 2006 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    Matt would have to make new business cards if they removed the button!

  8. Posted October 13, 2006 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    I rarely use the button because I want many choices for my search.

  9. Posted October 14, 2006 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never used that button … I was scared of it !

  10. Yangpile
    Posted September 10, 2007 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    Its gone… I can’t find it, so I found this page instead… “Feeling lucky button gone” and here you are! BUT NO DAMN BUTTON! WHERE IS MY LUCK!?

  11. Faith
    Posted February 6, 2008 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    The only times I have ever used the *Feeling Lucky* button was to mess around with something a friend showed me; if you type in “elgoog” back wards it makes the google homepage come up in reverse — the other one was something about making the google homepage sound as if elmer fudd wrote it but i cant recll that one.

  12. liz
    Posted March 28, 2008 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    Faith I got few of those google thingies.
    Type in google, a space, then one of these & click I’m Feeling Lucky

    133t
    goth
    moon
    elgoog
    linux
    bsd
    ewmew
    klingon
    pilatin
    easter egg
    bork
    emo


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