20 Nov 2008

Ninja Easter Egg in Google Reader

During Pubcon, Matt Cutts revealed a ninja secret to me, Lisa and Rhea.

He said that in Google Reader there was a ninja Easter egg. If you want a ninja to come out and say hello to you while you are in Google reader….

You must go to your Google reader and then use the Contra Code…

When you are in your reader, use the above code using your arrow keys (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a). You sorta have to do it quickly. If you use the code right, your Google reader will go from this….

To this….

Anyone know of any other Google easter eggs?


  1. Lisa Barone November 20, 2008 at 7:39 AM

    I don’t have this on any kind of authority, but I know in my heart that the new Gmail Ninja skin was a personal tribute from Google to We Build Pages. It’s the only thing that makes sense.

    Right, Matt? 🙂

  2. streko November 20, 2008 at 7:41 AM


  3. QualityGal November 20, 2008 at 7:43 AM

    OMG the Konami code.

    And I think I just revealed too much of my inner geek having recognized that.

  4. Dr. Pete November 20, 2008 at 7:56 AM

    Wow, I completely thought you were kidding, but, being a dork, tried it anything. I sincerely apologize for doubting you and the power of the ninja.

  5. paisley November 20, 2008 at 8:02 AM

    lmao.. i saw up up and knew the rest… p.s. love the new PINE theme… reminds me of telnet.

  6. QualityGal November 20, 2008 at 8:08 AM

    Just showed this to my husband. His response?



  7. Lucas Ng November 20, 2008 at 8:28 AM

    Awesome, there’s a ninja in my sidebar!

    [P.S. Only wimps needed 30 lives to finish Contra]

  8. Joe Hall November 20, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    This is so completely pointless……and I freakin love it!!!!!

  9. Jack from eyeflare travel tips November 21, 2008 at 7:45 AM

    That’s very cool. My Google Reader is now ninja-fied.

  10. Thorren Koopmans November 21, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Too Funny. Done and Done! It really works.

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  12. sandossu November 25, 2008 at 1:15 AM

    amazing 😀

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