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!
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:
Have you ever come across any ‘Easter Eggs’ in websites or in software that you’ve used?
Let us know in the comments section below!