Google is commemorating the 25th anniversary of Friends by building character Easter eggs into its search results. On Thursday, the company rolled out a feature that shows a special icon when people search for a character. You’ll see the icons on the knowledge panels on the right side of the search page, next to information about a character.
Searching Ross Geller, for example, pulls up an icon of a couch. Clicking on that triggers a soundbite of Ross yelling “Pivot!” If you click on it enough times, the couch splits in two and you hear Ross say, “OK, I don’t think it’s gonna pivot anymore.”
A search for Phoebe Buffay calls up an image of a guitar. When you click on that, a black cat pops up on the screen, and you hear Phoebe singing “Smelly Cat.” And searching Rachel Green calls up an icon of The Rachel haircut. Clicking that leads you to a Google Images search results page for the famous ‘do.
If you want to brush up on your Friends vocabulary, a search for “Friends glossary” calls up some lingo from the show, such as “transponster,” “Joey’s apple” and “Holiday Armadillo.”
Last month, Google also rolled out an Easter egg for the 80th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz. Clicking on Dorothy’s ruby slippers triggered a sound bite of her saying “There’s no place like home” and turned the search results page black and white.