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June 23rd, 2008

Google Reader's favicon flag

Even since I've been toying around with Firefox 3, I've notice that the favicon for Google Reader is state-dependent.  Sometimes the favicon is the usual overlapping feed icons.  But sometimes, they're tilted.  Compare the following two favicons, to the left of "Google Reader."


(Old favicon, no new items)



(New favicon, new items to read)

A little experimentation revealed how to change the icon.  When I have no new items to read, the favicon is the usual level one.  But if I have new items to read, then the favicon is tilted up, like a mailbox flag when there's outgoing mail in the box.

Could this be what the Google Reader team intended?  It doesn't seem likely, because the tilted version is actually a 3D perspective version.   But still, that's what my experience has been so far.  It's a little mailbox flag for new articles!

I know what you're all thinking:  Ooh, fascinating, David!  Is this what you do in your spare time?

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    Welcome back to LJ.
    Even if it's just one post :-P

    People moved all over the internet.
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    Even better to see "you" and not your Dead Man Switch kicking in... again.

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