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February 12, 2007

Google vs Valentine's Day

In 2000, Google decided to do something special for Valentine's Day, so they asked Ken Perlin, a computer graphics expert in the New York University Department of Computer Science, to create a nice animation. He made a bouncing heart and a lot of special effects (you'll need Java to see it).

Larry and Sergey announced it in a special edition of Google's newsletter: "Just a quick note to let you know about something special that's waiting for you on Google this Valentine's Day weekend. In our long and festive tradition of celebrating holidays, Google is pleased to share with you a special holiday greeting that expresses our love for all Google users."

Because people liked it a lot (maybe because it seemed cute and funny), the bouncing heart returned in 2001. After that, Google stuck only to doodles for Valentine's Day (2003, 2004, 2005).

Last time I saw something Valentine-related at Google? A new logo for Google Checkout. As defined by Wikipedia, "cuteness is a delicate and attractive kind of beauty commonly associated with youth, innocence, and helplessness." Can Google still be cute even if it's not young, innocent or helpless anymore?


  1. Yes, Google can most definitely be cute, even today with it's billion dollar buying sprees and all. Just take a look at 90s super-models who are no longer young, innocent or helpless anymore... I bet a lot of them are still cute!

  2. If you want to see a real something special for Valentine's Day, check the Wishood Valentine's Day Widget for bloggers and online e-commerce websites. This new creative heart Widget enables bloggers to give their readers the opportunity to send Granting Cards offering the blogger’s recommended or selected wishes.

  3. The consensus at my place of work is that this year, the Valentine's Day doodle is missing an 'L'.

  4. There is nothing that you cannot find on google you can find anything and everything on these websites, it is the best one, for searching, I completely trust this website for everything. Pravesh saraff .

  5. What did I see on your blog? I cannot believe that I saw this on the site one of the most respected internet actors (on "After that, Google sticked only to doodles for Valentine's Day" (emphasis mine).

    I am an English teacher, and my hair rose of its own accord on my scalp. Please don't disappoint your fans by sloppiness such as this.

    Aside from that, thanks for everything. I was an early adopter and I am still a fan.

  6. Thank you, Lilliam. I'm not sloppy, just that English is not my first language and I don't use it too much.

    If you see other mistakes, please tell me.

  7. Lilliam is a jackass. Alex, I live in Paris, France, and I know many people speaking English as their second language. I have been reading your blog for a while, and objectively speaking, you write amazingly well for the purposes of this blog, even for someone of an English mother-tongue.