Google, the only website that won’t be blocked anywhere, by any firewall. We Google for almost everything we want to know. Even before we finish our search query Google starts showing suggestions about it and shows search results. And this friendly approach towards all kinds of keywords made Google popular and a very good friend of all. By a “friend” I meant a real friend. A friend who help others. We make it help us until we’re assured that Google can’t. There are many search engines available, but once Google fails to provide an answer we just quit searching and thinks more or ask other friends. We don’t seek the help of another search engine (stranger) if Googling fails. The friendship became stronger when Google introduced verification code and analytics. Everyone started introducing their websites as soon as they’re live by adding Google verification code and in return Google began to give more importance to his friends’ websites – True friendship.
Doodle – A piece of drawing or cartoon that conveys a true/concrete idea.
Google doodles are introduced in 1998 in honour of the Burning Man Festival (a week-long annual event held in United States), designed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin(Founders of Google) to notify users of their absence in case the servers crashed. Subsequent Google Doodles were designed by an outside contractor, until Larry and Sergey asked then-intern Dennis Hwang to design a logo for Bastille Day in 2000. Hwang has been designing the Google Doodles ever since. Soon Google started showing doodles based on daily events, birthdays of legends, inventions that changed the world, sparks that led for great ideas and so on. Some Google Doodles are limited to Google’s country specific home pages while others appear globally. I don’t know whether it was popular at the beginning or not, but it always attracted me. The simplicity in presenting ideas and innovative thoughts of Google designers made Google doodles more popular.
The first interactive Google logo/Google doodle was launched on May 21, 2010, the 30th anniversary of the arcade game Pac-Man. The doodle remained for 3 days and later on May 23 Google released a permanent Google Pac-Man site, due to the demand for the playable logo. Thereafter we saw many animated Google doodles and the creative Google techs always tried to make the doodles resemble the Google logo.
Google conducts a competition for Google Doodles called Doodle4Google. School children (LKG-12th Standard ie, K-12) can participate in this competition. The Best ones will be published in Google website. The competition first took place in UK. Google announced Doodle4Google competition for India in 2009 and the winning doodle was displayed on the Google India homepage on November 14.
It was on a (last) Tuesday 07-08(august)-2012, that Google started showing interactive playable doodles related to Olympics events. That day I woke up very early to prepare for my 13th interview. I took google.co.in in my Google chrome browser and my sleepy eyes got stuck on the ‘Hurdles’ doodle. I just tried it and at the end found the time taken to finish the race. That’s something that attracts people. The modern generation runs behind the numbers a lot more than the previous ones. They want to be the First, the Biggest or the BEST! Anyone with a competitive mind will always try to better their score in Life and the same for games also. I also fall in the same category. I tried it several times with short intervals on Interview preparation. At office, I could find many competitive minds in fact everyone tried their luck at it and the optimistic minds kept on trying to better their score or to beat others’ scores. That night Facebook, twitter and other social networks showed me several status updates regarding the new Google doodle. The word doodle and Google doodle became more familiar to many people. This is what numbers can do and this is what new fresh ideas can do. Google published new Olympic doodles for 3 more continuous days. Repetition kills interest and we’re waiting for something more fresh/new. But still if Google unveils a playable Google doodle, we’ll surely try it & ask others “Dude, did you play the Google doodle?”
Thanks to Wikipedia for sharing the history/details of Google doodles and also I forgot to say that I got the offer letter from the company where I attended my 13th interview even though the google doodle distracted me a little bit on that morning :).