Google’s daily doodles tend to put a smile on my (Pooja) face, as I suppose they are intended to do. The past eight days of Google’s doodles have been dedicated to the FIFA World Cup being hosted in Brazil. To keep pace with the World Cup, the doodles have been changing multiple times a day to reflect in real time what is happening in Brazil.
Google doodles are usually created in California, U.S.A. However, this is the first time doodles are being created outside of the U.S.A.: “[A] handful of the team’s 17 members are reacting almost in real time to games, results and events happening in the 12 World Cup venues.” (http://gadgets.ndtv.com/internet/news/google-doodles-go-international-with-fifa-world-cup-2014-544758)
Doodles are usually made months in advance, but to keep the doodles relevant they are being created only hours before we see them. The doodle team leader, Ryan Germick, stated:
This has never been done in real time response, there is not really an event so singular where the whole world is watching. The fact is that this is a singular sport, one game is on at a time and the whole world is fixated on one match and so it is a chance to be part of the dialogue. The part we are celebrating is that the whole world comes together.
Here are stills of my favourite Google doodles so far:
Today’s doodle was a familiar scene for many people working in offices all around the world:
This doodle is set in Rio De Janeiro’s favelas. The “L” from Google is kicking the soccer ball around by itself:
This doodle was featured on the first day of the World Cup. This moving doodle featured many of Rio de Janeiro’s famous sites: