Forgoing the traditional Valentine's Day Doodle, Google has produced a new interactive Doodle primarily honoring American engineer George Ferris.
Today's Google Doodle depicts a carnival scene with the traditional Google letters illustrated as rides. The centerpiece features two Ferris wheels, representing the Os in the Google logo.
Like many recent Google Doodles, today's Ferris Wheel logo is interactive. Combining Valentine's Day with the Ferris tribute, you can click the heart button below the wheels. When clicked, the Ferris wheels stop rotating and two animals are left side-by-side to fall in love at first sight.
For each animal pairing, the carnival scene breaks and you see the two love animals on a Valentine's date. At the end of each scene, click the heart button again to match up two more animals.
There is a particular serendipity to discover the fox, should you happen to come across him. Many people at one point in their lives probably empathize with it.
Here’s a compilation of match-ups you’ll find in the Doodle:
George Ferris is most famous for creating the original Ferris Wheel, unveiled in Chicago at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. The term Ferris wheel has since been generalized to mean any passenger car spinning wheel ride. Clicking the search icon above the Ferris wheels takes you to a search for [George Ferris], which shows off Google's Knowledge Graph.
While Google typically represents only one event, Google has produced double-occasion logos before, such as last year's logo that celebrated the leap year and composer Gioachino Rossini. This is actually the second time Valentine’s Day has celebrated two events: in 2010, Valentine’s Day and the Winter Olympic Games were paired up (which you can see later in this post).
What are your favorite animals from the Doodle? List your favorite Valentine's Day date Doodle in the comments below.
Here's a look back at how Google has celebrated Valentine's Day through the years (note: Google didn't post holiday logos in 2002 or 2006):
Google's 2011 Doodle Valentine's Day Doodle was created by artist Robert Indiana (see how other search engines celebrated Valentine's Day in 2011).
This logo celebrated Valentine's Day as well as pairs skating at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.
Google rolled out two different Doodles in 2009. This one appeared in the majority of countries:
While this one appeared in the United States, Canada, and few other countries:
What's your favorite Valentine's Google Doodle? Tell us in the comments.
This article was originally published on Search Engine Watch.
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Thom Craver has been coding HTML since 1993 and has been involved in search marketing since 1999. He led one of the first web marketing firms in Rochester, NY for eight years until successfully merging with an interactive agency in 2004.
His employment experience also includes a senior search position at nationally renown TopRank Online Marketing and US News Top-Ranked Rochester Institute of Technology. Thom led all Web and social presences for the Saunders College of Business and led analytics strategy efforts for RIT's mobile initiative. He still serves as an adjunct professor for Saunders College and tutor for National Technical Institute for the Deaf.
Part of the ClickZ Academy faculty, Thom is a regular contributor to Search Engine Watch and has authored training manuals published by SVI Training Products and Technical Learning Resources. His book on web analytics drops in 2013.
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