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You may have noticed that Google has a new favicon, the small icon you see in your browser next to the URL or in your bookmarks list. Some people have wondered why we changed our favicon -- after all, we hadn't in 8.5 years(!). The reason is that we wanted to develop a set of icons that would scale better to some new platforms like the iPhone and other mobile devices. So the new favicon is one of those, but we've also developed a group of logo-based icons that all hang together as a unified set.
Google's Marissa Mayer Explains The New Favicon [googleblog.blogspot.com]
It looks like The Gorg is taking its final shape. :)
Wow! All this dicussion over a little 16x16 icon, this thing must be really important. Let me review my favicon libraries again to make sure I didn't miss something...
Actually I thought at first that some Firefox extension I installed had made the change ... it just didn't look very Googly.
She also berated me for being presumptive in giving it a "Grade C" when I didn't fully understand the reasoning behind the new choice.
But while I'm at it, here's my take: I don't even remember what the old logo looked like, so that shows how unimportant favicons really are. For some reason, Google thinks they're important, and they are usually onto something. So I'll just watch and learn.
Well, my $0.02 anyway.