Monday, January 24, 2011

Top 10 Google Doodles

On August 30, 1998 Google visitors from across the globe were intrigued to find an altered version of their beloved Google logo (know today as a Google Doodle) on the site's homepage. Twelve years and over 700 doodle's later, these logo treatments are benefiting not only Google's own brand and traffic, but the traffic of the top search results for the related images as well with some reporting up to three months worth of AdSense revenue in just one day.

Today the Google Doodle honors everything from standard to unusual global holidays, to famous politicians', artists', Saints', and leading thinkers' birthdays, to unique occurrences such as the Venus Transit and Unix Time. Below is a look at the Top 10 Google Doodles of all time:

Rank Image/Premier Date Why this doodle rocked
10 Google Doodle Burning Man

30 August 1998
Google's first ever doodle was released to commemorate company founders' (Sergey Brin and Larry Page) attendance at the week-long annual Burning Man Festival in Nevada..

(At this time the exclamation mark was part of the Google Beta logo.)
9 Google Doodle Holiday Series 2006

21 December 2006
In recent years Google has marked the holiday season with a series of ~5 images released daily leading up to Christmas.

This is the first doodle from the 2006 series which featured a kangaroo couple taking down the silver streamers see here to knit a dress for the female.
8 Andy Warhol Google Doodle

6 August 2002
On what would have been Andy Warhol's 74th birthday, Google honored the legendary artist with a pop art doodle, reflective of his famous four square, bright color paintings of pop culture celebrities, products, and icons.
7 Braille Google Doodle

4 January 2006
To celebrate Louise Braille's Birthday, for the first time Google produced a logo without alphanumerical characters, substituting them instead for their braille counterparts while keeping the traditional colors of the logo.
6 Uncle Same Google Doodle

30 November 1999
Google used one of their earliest doodles to premier their Uncle Sam Search, a new platform that searches only government web sites (mostly .gov and .mil). 

While the technology is still active today, it is not listed in any of the features, services, or tools in Google Help Central or anywhere in the Google Labs.
5 Google Doodle April Fools TISP

 1 April 2007
April Fools day hoaxes were nothing new to Google - previous years pranks had included everything from a search technology that will read minds to job opportunities at a research center on the moon - however 2007 was the first year a doodle had been dedicated to this US holiday. The big announcement of their new TiSP service (short for Toilet Internet Service Provider) was also complete with a Going with the Flow Starter Guide, press release, Help Group and FAQ.
4 iGoogle Doodle

 30 April 2008
To promote the launch of iGoogle artist themes and help increase activity on this platform, Jeff Koons was commissioned to create this Chrome Tulips doodle, along with several themes for the personalized homepages.

When it premiered only 20% of all visits to the home page were from iGoogle users.

9 October 2010
In another landmark doodle, this black & white logo transformed into a 32-sec. YouTube video tribute when users clicked on the doodle honoring John Lenon’s 70th birthday. The short clip featured Google letters getting sketched with peaceful drawings set to the tune one of Lennon's most famous songs, Imagine, and concluded with his iconic face serving as the OO's.

While Google had previous interactive doodles in the form of animations, HTML5, and JavaScript, this was the first time video was incorporated. This also marked the first time anything other than search results were used as the landing page for the doodle (however after the video finished playing users were automatically re-directed back to the search results).

 6 September 2010
The mysterious, complex and interactive doodles that appeared in early September 2010 sparked wild speculation across the technology world - top industry experts attributed the doodles to everything from an early 12th birthday celebration for Google, to an exercise in promoting HTML5, to a teaser for a much larger announcement, and much more.

For the first particle doodle, any time a mouse dragged over the logo the particles would instantly fly away from the mouse. For the second keystroke doodle, as text was entered into the search box the number of corresponding letters would instantly turn from gray to their regular hues.

Two days later all rumors were put to rest when Google revealed their new instant search, claiming to save users 11 hours with each passing second thanks to faster searches, smarter predictions, and instant results.

7 September 2010
1 Google Doodle Instant


21 May 2010
Most experts agree this interactive doodle honoring PacMan's 30th Anniversary is the top doodle of all time as it allowed users to play a live version of the game and the "I'm feeling lucky" search option button was also changed to "Insert Coin".

During the day, the average site time increased from 11 seconds to an astonishing 47 seconds and several analysts claimed the game led to $120.5M million in lost work productivity for the day.

So now that you've seen the Top 10 Google Doodles of all time - which  is your favorite? Do you feel any additional ones should be added to the list? (Additionally, if you are interested in learning more, check out the full listing of Google's Doodles or the History of Google Doodles.)

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