Easter Eggs, what they are, and where to find them2 min read
You might be wondering, what’s an Easter Egg? Well, you came to the right place. For those of you looking for an incredible Easter Egg design, well, then you’ve come to the wrong place. But I don’t want you to leave too disheartened, so I’ve taken the liberty of providing a link to a great video for Easter eggs here.
No, in this article we’re talking about website Easter Eggs. And no, they’re not actually eggs. And no you cannot eat them. An Easter Egg is something that’s hidden on your site that a user can find. Hence the phrase “Easter Eggs.” They’re the ultimate nerd badge, or personal accomplishment (for a brief moment), discovering an Easter egg.
Masters use them all the time, Nike, Gucci, and Vogue, to name a few, have used Easter Eggs in the past for product launches, incentives and velociraptors. Yeah, you read that right, velociraptors. Vogue’s basically a secret Jurassic Park, except the Velociraptors do not escape. Or do they? You’ll just have to find them to see for yourself.
Q: “This is all great, but how do I use this on my site?”
A: Simple, there are many ways that you can implement an Easter Egg on your site. For instance, you can add an old version of your logo and hide it on a few pages. If people find it, they win something (you decide), our friends at Pagely did this recently with Amazon gift cards and it was a blast. Another solution could be adding a Konami Code to your site.
Q: “What’s a Konami Code?”
A: If you played arcade games in the 80’s then this should be familiar to you. The Konami Code, sometimes referred to as the Contra Code, was a cheat code that would give a player extra lives. No longer used to hog a machine, the code lives on being used by sites all over the internet for a cool Easter Egg effect. Check out: Digg, Cornify or Vogue for some examples of the code in action. All you have to do is press up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, and you’re good to go!
*Disclaimer: the full code is [up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, start] but most sites don’t require the start.
If you find a cool Easter Egg, we’d love to hear about it. Don’t tell us exactly what it is, give us a clue. Half the fun of hunting Easter Eggs is finding it for yourself ;).