On Monday Google unveiled its latest Google Doodle, a festive tropical Christmas postcard that overlays the company's logo on its main search page. The company is rolling out a series of additional Christmas Doodles, and is archiving them at this web page.
Google Doodles have become so popular that scammers have started latching onto the topics and planting malware-infected pages designed to ensnare those looking for more information on certain Doodle subjects.
It's been a fun and varied year for Google Doodles, some of which are seen in all countries, some in just a few.
Among the highlights:
- Google celebrated the anniversary of the bar code in October by using a bar code that translated into the word 'Google'.
- Sesame Street's 40th birthday in November inspired a series of Google Doodles featuring characters such as Big Bird, Ernie and Bert.
- Also in November, a more serious topic grabbed the Google Doodle's attention: the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
- Mahatma Gandhi's birthday grabbed Google Doodle honours in early October, as did Brazil winning rights to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
- Google celebrated its own 11th birthday in September, doubling the number of Ls in its name to make it look like a number 11.
- UFO watchers were treated to crop circles in the shape of Google's name in September, as the company sent online users on a mysterious chase for the meaning of this Doodle. The 40th anniversary of the first Moon Landing was also commemorated via a Doodle showing Google's logo imprinted on the moon's surface.
- Michael Jackson's death in June sparked an outbreak of viruses related to searches on the late singer's name. Google also celebrated Jackson's birthday, posthumously, via a Doodle in late August featuring Jackson's twinkle toes.
- Other notables Doodles included a nice one of a dad and daughter digging a Google sand sculpture on Father's Day, the 25th anniversary of Tetris in June commemorated in colourful blocks and a February 12 tribute to Charles Darwin, with Google's letters represented by nature's creatures and plants.