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Google Reader's favicon flag

Even since I've been toying around with Firefox 3, I've notice that the favicon for Google Reader is state-dependent.  Sometimes the favicon is the usual overlapping feed icons.  But sometimes, they're tilted.  Compare the following two favicons, to the left of "Google Reader."

(Old favicon, no new items)

(New favicon, new items to read)

A little experimentation revealed how to change the icon.  When I have no new items to read, the favicon is the usual level one.  But if I have new items to read, then the favicon is tilted up, like a mailbox flag when there's outgoing mail in the box.

Could this be what the Google Reader team intended?  It doesn't seem likely, because the tilted version is actually a 3D perspective version.   But still, that's what my experience has been so far.  It's a little mailbox flag for new articles!

I know what you're all thinking:  Ooh, fascinating, David!  Is this what you do in your spare time?
Tags: geek, web


 sjonsvenson on Jun 24th 2008 at 7:34 PM
Yes, that's what I am thinking, Ooh, fascinating but then I think, How long till he finds out how to do the tilting on other icons like the LJ and Plurk... ... ::grin:: so? how long? ^_~

 dm83737 on Mar 18th 2009 at 4:09 PM
This has been driving me crazy for a while now; thanks for the investigative work.

 (no name) on Oct 1st 2009 at 7:59 PM
Are you sure? I have no items yet to read and yet the Google Reader favicon is all tilted. When I had items to read it was titled too. I think the little tiles have been knocked over. And they have jaggies on the edges. Ew. I prefer the upright squares. But why they are fallen over or upright is driving me nuts! I hate it! There's a little picture on my screen that changes without rhyme or reason and I can't figure it out nor can I stop it! Grrrrrr.