A ‘Favicon’ or ‘Favorites Icon’ is a small image that is used to represent a webpage within the browser URL / title bar, as well as more commonly for storing alongside Favorites in your browser. As the browser is evolving, and is being used more and more commonly for web-apps, the favicon is becoming an increasingly useful method for communicating information to a user. In particular when you use ‘pinned’ tabs for your web applications:
Last year we introduced a small, but useful feature to our employee scheduling software: An auto-updating browser Favicon that displays the date of the month vs. the typical static Favicon’s that most sites use.
Ironically back in August we called Google Calendar out on their reasoning behind freezing their Favicon on the number ’31’:
We wrote at the time:
We did a quick look and as far as we know we’re the only online scheduling application / Calendar application doing this. Let’s wait and see who copies..
Today as a small birthday treat, they released the improved format. In their words:
A birthday wouldn’t be a birthday without a little present, so today we’re happy to announce our latest tiny addition: the up-to-date favicon. When you look at the Google Calendar icon at the top of your browser window, it will no longer always display “31” but will instead change to reflect the current day of the month. Today’s date is now always a short glance away. view source
As a daily user of Google Calendar, I welcome the improvement. Thanks for reading.