What is a Website ‘Easter Egg’?

We understand that the world wide web is a big, scary thing for most people, so each month we’ll try to take a word, acronym or phrase and explain to you in simple, ‘non-techie’ terms what it all means. This is DBG’s Digital Definition of the Month!

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An ‘Easter Egg’ is of course a delicious chocolate usually exchanged at Easter time to celebrate new life…. however we’re interested in what an ‘Easter Egg’ is in relation to the online world!!

An ‘Easter Egg’ on a website is an intentional hidden message placed on the website by the website developer that’s usually uncovered through performing a series of sequential keystrokes.  These are mostly designed to be fun and add a little bit of uniqueness to the user experience.

So where can you find them?

The world’s most popular search engine is well-known for their use of ‘Easter Eggs’.  Open up Google and try searching for “do a barrel roll” or “the loneliest number” for some interesting results.  The folks over at Search Engine Land have compiled a great list of Google Easter Eggs if you’d like to see a few more.

Some other website ‘Easter Eggs’ are cleverly hidden in the code of the website, for those techie nerds who enjoy that kind of stuff.  A well-known one can be seen on the CocaCola website.  By viewing the source code on the homepage, users are presented with cleverly structured code that outlines the CocaCola logo:

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Have you ever come across any ‘Easter Eggs’ in websites or in software that you’ve used?

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