Google Apes Bing, Adds Background Images

If you've seen the "Bing" commercials on TV that focus on the product rather than the "search overload" campaign, then you know most of them have a person going to and saying "Wow, that looks better already." Really, the major difference between the landing page and the landing page is a background image.

At least, that WAS the major difference.

Today Google introduced background images on The site allows you to choose from 50 pre-selected images (my default was a desert background), or you can load images from your computer or your Picasa Web Albums. Of course, I picked this one:

MMM... Britney.

What'll be interesting to see from here is if users will create custom backgrounds that make use of the Google logo, the search box and the buttons. I'm sure we'll be seeing things like that very soon.