'Do a barrell roll' gimmick puts Google in a spin
Even if it was only for a moment, Google had millions spinning into frenzies with a new search function.Even if it was only for a moment, Google had millions spinning into frenzies with a new search function. Desk jockeys and others were amazed yesterday as typing the phrase 'do a barrel roll' as a Google search prompted computer screens to do a 360-degree turn.
The captivating function works in Google Chrome and Firefox browsers, but not in Internet Explorer.
iPhone users can also do a barrel roll on their devices, but Android and Blackberry holders are out of luck.
The search engine said, "Today's fun query, 'do a barrel roll,' was created by a Google software engineer with the primary goal of entertaining users -- while showcasing the power of CSS3, a presentation feature of modern browsers.
The do a barrel roll query, which causes the search page to spin, will remain in place for a while. The phrase quickly became a trending topic on Twitter as users urged their followers to try it for themselves.
The feature can also be used if one searches the phrase 'Z or R twice,' Google's homage to the Nintendo 64 video game Star Fox. Google is no stranger to quirky themes. On Monday, the powerhouse utilised six pumpkins to spell out its name for Halloween.