15 Facts About Google Doodle


Google Doodle is a special, temporary alteration of the logo on Google's homepages intended to commemorate holidays, events, achievements, and notable historical figures.

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The first Google Doodle honored the 1998 edition of the long-running annual Burning Man event in Black Rock City, Nevada, and was designed by co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin to notify users of their absence in case the servers crashed.

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Since Google first celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday with a Doodle in 1998, many Doodles for holidays, events and other celebrations have recurred on an annual basis, including the following:.

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In May 2010, on the 30th anniversary of the 1980 arcade game Pac-Man, Google Doodle unveiled worldwide their first interactive logo, created in association with Namco.

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Later on that day, Google Doodle released a permanent site to play Google Doodle Pac-Man, due to the popular user demand for the playable logo.

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Since that time, Google has continued to post occasional interactive and video doodles:.

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On September 13,2007, Google posted a doodle honoring author Roald Dahl on the anniversary of his birth.

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In 2007, Google Doodle was criticized for not featuring versions of the Google Doodle logo for American patriotic holidays such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

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In 2014, Google received some criticism for failing to honor the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion with a Doodle and instead honoring Japanese Go player Honinbo Shusaku.

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On May 19,2016, Google honored Yuri Kochiyama, an Asian American activist and member of the Maoist-based black nationalist group Revolutionary Action Movement, with a Doodle on its main US homepage.

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The report was widely reported in the media, and Google Doodle made a commitment to increase the proportion of women and racial minorities.

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In March 2013, Google was criticized for celebrating American activist Cesar Chavez on Easter Sunday with a Doodle instead of Easter.

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In 2019, after an 18-year hiatus, Google presented an atypical "Doodle" for Easter, for the desktop version of their homepage only.

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Danny Sullivan, technologist with Google Doodle involved with the Easter-themed homepage, responded to an inquiry about its absence on mobile by saying it was "hard to do the interactivity dependably [on mobile]".

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In 2020, Google celebrated Easter atypically on its homepage, but not as a Doodle.

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