Everyone knows about the horrible events that happened in Haiti this week. The world has come together to help out, and that includes Google. A few days ago, Google placed a link on their home page, giving people information on how they can help out. The link said, "Information, resources, and ways you can help survivors of the Haiti earthquake." If clicked on, it took them google.com/relief/haitiearthquake/ with more information on how to help out.
But a day ago, that link was not included in the pre-fade portion of Google. By that I mean, Google's home page shows the search box, logo and search buttons by default and then fades in the navigation links. Prior, Google faded in the information about the Haiti relief efforts but today, Google is showing this information on first load, prior to the rest of the page fading in. Here are pictures:
Why did Google change this? Well, it was brought up in the Google Web Search Help forums by someone and Jaime from Google took notice. Jaime from Google said:
jeretik -- thanks for bringing this up. We all share your concern for the victims of this disaster and I'm currently discussing the matter of the homepage link with the rest of the team.
This is a small but major change to the nature of Google's fade in home page.
Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.