Google celebrates 13th birthday
Google rolls out a special doodle for its 13th birthday – and what a wild 13 years it's been.
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Even in 2009, the same year that brought the Popeye and H.G. Wells mystery doodles, Google rang in its 11th year by simply copy-and-pasting the L in its name to create Googlle. It's clever, sure. But it wasn't until last year that the birthday doodles finally started matching the craft and flair of Google's other special days.Skip to next paragraph
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If, dear reader, you're rolling your eyes at all this doodle talk, don't forget that Google considers these novelty logos to be a market-place advantage over its competitors. Earlier this year, the search engine started running online ads that said, "Love Doodles? Make Google your homepage and you'll never miss another one."
In fact, Google patented the idea. In March, the US patent office approved the company's "System and Method For Enticing Users To A Web Site." The application describes: "FIG. 9 is a diagram of examples 910-950 of special event logos according to implementations consistent with the present invention. In the example 910, a company logo is modified with a leprechaun's pot of gold for Saint Patrick's Day."
Google is not messing around here. And that's fine with us. If reader comments are any indication, you guys seem to love these Google doodles.
While we're on the topic, which doodle do you think was the best? The extensive Roger Hargreaves tribute? The bubbling Robert Bunsen lab? Maybe the interactive Les Paul guitar? Let us know in the comments.
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[Editor's note: The original post misstated the year of Google's 4th birthday. It was in 2002.]