There are many reasons why I personally use Google as my default browser website. In addition to providing the best search results to my online queries, Google’s doodles make the hunt for online information twice as fun. Who wouldn’t want crazy, varied and pretty pictures on their homepage?
Google Doodle is a short-lived alteration of Google’s logo on their homepage. Its main goal is to be a part of worldwide popular celebrations like holidays, events, achievements, and people. They are either still images or animated. Some are even interactive. Way cool, if you ask me.
The first Google Doodle dates back from 1998. It was a doodle of a stickman behind Google’s logo. It was meant to be an out-of-office image, published a couple of years after Larry Page and Sergey Brin built a search engine and less than a week before Google would incorporate as a company. It was a comical message to users that the founders were ‘away from the office’.
In 2000, both Larry and Sergey requested Dennis Hwang, currently a webmaster then, to make a doodle for Bastille Day. Users welcomed it overwhelmingly that the rest was, well, as they say, history.
Google Doodle has become diverse through time. It was initially made to celebrate familiar holidays. Now, it also draws attention to wide range of events like anniversaries to Ice Cream Sundae. Not only did Google doodle bring fun to its creators, it also brightened up Google users around the globe.
Google doodles are masterpieces made by illustrators (or Google doodlers) and engineers. The ideas are created through extensive (and fun) brainstorming done by the ‘Googlers’. They decide which event to celebrate, which anniversary to feature or which person to present; reflecting the creativity and the love for innovation of the team behind the pretty pictures.
The regularity of Google doodles started in 2010. Before that, doodles were neither animated nor hyperlinked; just still images. Googlers decided to go a notch higher. Google published the first animated doodle honoring Sir Isaac Newton on his 367th birthday. Remember the falling apple?
Interactive doodles came after celebrating Pac-Man. I remember spending ample time reminiscing my childhood days. I was so hooked with playing Pacman on Google’s homepage I did not realize a couple of hours already past.
Hyperlinked doodles came afterward, providing a ping back to the search results for the doodle subject. It was the best way to know the story behind the doodle. It was a great idea to educate Google’s audience with an amusing twist. To date, Google has more than 2000 doodles published from their homepages, regional and international.
Google doodle really had me hooked. I am sure others do too. The evolution from a conventional logo to something remarkable reflects the staggering minds of the people behind the giant website. By the way, Google users can submit their ideas too! You can send your suggestions at [email protected]
What are the doodles that you personally liked?