A Yellow Dot On Google's Top Bar?

Jul 18, 2011 • 8:42 am | comments (15) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Matt McGee noticed a weird thread at Yahoo Answers where one or two users are noticing a yellow dot just under the search box of the new Google search bar.

I personally cannot replicate it but the user took a screen shot and here is a cropped version:

Google Yellow Dot

One person gave a bit more technical details on where the dot is in the HTML.

The dot is in it's own html div:
<div id="ucs">
<div style="margin-bottom:12px">
<table class="ts" align="center">
<td style="background:#ff9;padding:5px;text-…

Have you ever noticed this? I haven't.

Forum discussion at Yahoo Answers.

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07/18/2011 12:49 pm

Yea even we have noticed that yellow dot right below Google search bar. here is screenshot http://twitpic.com/5s30jp/full

Nate White

07/18/2011 01:30 pm

I'm seeing it too, both when I'm logged in to my Google account and logged out. It looks like it doubles in height as you type in your search and get the search suggestions.


07/18/2011 01:43 pm

Yes even I have noticed the yellow dot right below google search bar. The image is centered and dot has property.

Meghan Levan

07/18/2011 01:49 pm

Yep, I have been seeing it since the middle of last week. It's driving me crazy wondering what it is!

Black Seo Guy

07/18/2011 02:21 pm

No I haven't and that's not something Google will let slip by. "Black Seo Guy "Signing Off"


07/18/2011 04:01 pm

Nope, not seeing it. I think seeing it, not being able to get rid of it, and not knowing what it does would probably drive me crazy.


07/18/2011 04:16 pm

Well I don't see any yellow dot on my MacBook Pro. Maybe it's visible on Windows Machine. http://i.imgur.com/fWkOG.png There are also chances that Google has already fixed it and dot is visible to those who didn't clear the cache.

Mark Barrera

07/18/2011 10:17 pm

I'm seeing it both logged in and logged out on the SSL search.

Mike Wilton

07/19/2011 01:00 am

Glad I'm not the only one! I had posted about this early last week on Twitter, but I was the only one seeing it.  It's there logged in or not and appears regardless of the browser I used. I tested it on Firefox and Chrome.

Pratheep Raj

07/19/2011 06:51 am

Yes I can still see it and it is visible only in FF not in Chrome or any other browser :-)


07/19/2011 11:03 am

not there or chrome / ff/ ie for me!

Matt Murray

07/19/2011 01:04 pm

I have it in FF.  See screenshot.

Matt Murray

07/19/2011 01:04 pm

I have it, see screenshot.

Meghan Levan

07/20/2011 01:27 pm

The yellow dot has expanded to include some text today!  It reads: "The experiment you're trying to access is no longer available. Go to experiments overview".  I've attached a screenshot.

Nate White

07/20/2011 01:35 pm

I saw that too, and now my yellow dot is gone. The only search experiment I was opted in to was +1 which is now gone from the search experiments list. Could the yellow dot have something to do with the old +1 experiment? Or could it be part of the malware issue highlighted last night? http://searchengineland.com/google-warns-of-malware-redirecting-to-its-search-listings-86426

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