Google Goes Greece [Video]

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The idea of the Doodle is born

In 1998, before the company was incorporated, the concept of the doodle was born when Google founders 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.”. While the first doodle was relatively simple, the idea of decorating the company logo to celebrate notable events was born.

Two years later in 2000, Larry and Sergey asked their webmaster, an intern at the time, to produce a doodle for Bastille Day. It was so well received by the 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.

Over time, the demand for doodles has risen in the U.S. and internationally. Creating doodles is now the responsibility of a team of talented illustrators (they call them doodlers) and engineers. For them, creating doodles has become a group effort to enliven the Google homepage and bring smiles to the faces of Google users around the world. The team has created over 2000 doodles for our homepages around the world.

Google goes Greece

Greece has been the inspiration of doodlers many times. The first was on June 2009, celebrating the opening of the Acropolis Museum in Athens. Since then, our National Holidays, Greek History and Mythology and famous Greeks have been the inspiration of doodlers. The Anniversary of the Athens Marathon, the Greek Elections but also doodles dedicated to Global Greeks such as Maria Callas, George Sepheris, Melina Merkouri have become part of the inspiration of extremely artistic doodles.

The GreeksConnect team collected all the Greek related doodles in a short video below:

The Climb of Mount Olympus became an inspiration for Doodlers

One of the most notable doodles was the doodle dedicated to the first climb of Mount Olympus. In 1913, three climbers scaled the summit of the mountain sculpted with deep ravines and abrupt upgrades. Swiss photographer Frédéric Boissonnas, his friend Daniel Baud-Bovy, and Christos Kakkalos, a Greek hunter who served as their guide, set off in treacherous weather. Kakkalos knew the mountain so well that he scaled its sharp inclines barefoot. The Swiss had some experience in mountaineering, but Boissonnas had to lug heavy photographic equipment up the mountain. He and his friend, Baud-Bovy, were tied together with a rope, standard procedure for such expeditions. During their climb, the summit where Greek gods were said to reside was wreathed with storm clouds, and the climbers mistook a lesser peak for the home of the gods. Thinking their ascent was done, the elated adventurers wrote cards describing their feat and put the notes in a bottle that they buried on a crest they christened Victory Top.

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