The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.
Anmol Singhal, MBA 2015-2017, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur.
It’s 22nd April, 2016, and Earth Day is being celebrated. Google as always is not behind and has its own unique way of celebrating the same. The Google Doodle for today focuses on the vastness of Earth with displaying animals in the tundra, forest, grasslands, desert, and coral reefs.
Let’s throw light on the Doodling that Google does.
Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.
In 1998, before the company was even incorporated, the concept of the doodle was born when Google founders Larry and Sergey played with the corporate logo to indicate their attendance at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. They placed a stick figure drawing behind the 2nd “o” in the word, Google, and the revised logo was intended as a comical message to Google users that the founders were “out of office”.
Two years later in 2000, Larry and Sergey asked current webmaster Dennis Hwang, an intern at the time, to produce a doodle for Bastille Day. It was so well received by our users that Dennis was appointed Google’s chief doodler and doodles started showing up more and more regularly on the Google homepage. In the beginning, the doodles mostly celebrated familiar holidays; nowadays, they highlight a wide array of events and anniversaries from the Birthday of John James Audubon to the Ice Cream Sundae.
The team has created over 2000 doodles for our homepages around the world.
This way of celebrating various occasions in various parts of the world is a fair effort by this immensely big organization in keeping the various parts of the world united and updated about the important days and happenings in their and other parts of the world.