Thursday, August 28, 2014

Google tests different colors for stars in search results










I read on Search Engine Roundatable that Google is replacing the orange stars in the search results with green stars. However, I found more variants of this experiment. Here's how you can enable the tests:

  • Go to Google.com and load your browser's developer console:
    • Google Chrome: Tools, Developer Tools
    • Mozilla Firefox: Web Developer, Web Console
    • Internet Explorer: Developer Tools (F12), Console
  • Copy and paste the following code:
    BLUE STARS:
    
    document.cookie="67=OxBGxDxcR3S52tk-887HgVRyFu9krkOitMKqvUrTaPH_R4ugfYUiCL0lqR2Rxm4aESGXngTHsAppfZb5Qdkf_e0v7RCu0Oq4d8z65ZJ9KMRrCXEfVBP0-iMOQxPeCWfY; path=/; domain=.google.com";document.cookie="PREF=; path=/; domain=.google.com";window.location.reload();
    
    GREY STARS:
    document.cookie="NID=67=pKWLKXjRlCT2pQqthlZjlo2_mbcU2HYox1ApF-RwFLz6MCvuMsBSGOGh7yka3gcvrwx8aYta0Yvq_fPJor_nJT0gOO5vSPvDVIg__dZZoZ9DQXHO8VHqcd1aZPSXDS5v; path=/; domain=.google.com";window.location.reload();
    
    RED STARS:
    document.cookie="NID=67=vbE1-owJvPDeppE4EZJC-8Z-_BvsBleEcsL7lTnrvwxeG4CczVK-fcH0Wx8O-ODFuB6lm4EKQ1TZ_3YXGtd3kWPGLmjdVjmCgAhp5gAmTxSOVXvVVOCGzKR8eL_TPeL_; path=/; domain=.google.com";window.location.reload();
    
    GREEN STARS:
    document.cookie="NID=67=FaE2a-AnkczIWt5jMDccNY4V_PxBf966Z77a70AyS0aueqyp9T_rysO4G2npXwJbvOaoEOZzz9tWqHtA2883hFkuYuw4DkkNLnKFRm_XlS_CgnpMkCLTuqKj7b9vxI7U; path=/; domain=.google.com";window.location.reload();
    
    YELLOW STARS:
    document.cookie="NID=67=T3PTCfatBsA-IZ8VEBbAllJVn6JUuuwtpbJCTXb7lRS9eQ-VArRF4pJsmGhGOCMpUsbTaTfWhqS5e2DgCER6NnBU6FDAU7eT-TrkokJhhOReEMM7jU-540KtVEml6ILg; path=/; domain=.google.com";window.location.reload();
    
    
  • Press Enter and you'll see the experiment.

If doesn't work, try this other method:

  • Open Chrome and install this extension.
  • Go to Google.com and select "Edit Cookies" option on the context menu:
  • Find a cookie named NID and replace the value with this cookie value:
    BLUE STARS:
    
    67=OxBGxDxcR3S52tk-887HgVRyFu9krkOitMKqvUrTaPH_R4ugfYUiCL0lqR2Rxm4aESGXngTHsAppfZb5Qdkf_e0v7RCu0Oq4d8z65ZJ9KMRrCXEfVBP0-iMOQxPeCWfY
    
    GREY STARS:
    67=pKWLKXjRlCT2pQqthlZjlo2_mbcU2HYox1ApF-RwFLz6MCvuMsBSGOGh7yka3gcvrwx8aYta0Yvq_fPJor_nJT0gOO5vSPvDVIg__dZZoZ9DQXHO8VHqcd1aZPSXDS5v
    
    RED STARS:
    67=vbE1-owJvPDeppE4EZJC-8Z-_BvsBleEcsL7lTnrvwxeG4CczVK-fcH0Wx8O-ODFuB6lm4EKQ1TZ_3YXGtd3kWPGLmjdVjmCgAhp5gAmTxSOVXvVVOCGzKR8eL_TPeL_
    
    GREEN STARS:
    67=FaE2a-AnkczIWt5jMDccNY4V_PxBf966Z77a70AyS0aueqyp9T_rysO4G2npXwJbvOaoEOZzz9tWqHtA2883hFkuYuw4DkkNLnKFRm_XlS_CgnpMkCLTuqKj7b9vxI7U
    
    YELLOW STARS:
    67=T3PTCfatBsA-IZ8VEBbAllJVn6JUuuwtpbJCTXb7lRS9eQ-VArRF4pJsmGhGOCMpUsbTaTfWhqS5e2DgCER6NnBU6FDAU7eT-TrkokJhhOReEMM7jU-540KtVEml6ILg
  • Click "Submit cookie changes" and refresh the page.

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