What was the first Google Doodle?




Google Doodle – The day was August 30, 1998 to convey an “out-of-office message”.

Out-of-office message is because in 1998 the two, “Larry Page” and “Sergey Brin“, were going to be out of the office to attend the Burning Man festival. They needed something a little less radical: a way to let people know they were away.


The pair decided on a little icon – the Burning Man logo – and placed the spare stick figure behind Google’s second “o” and hence leaving a comical message to Google users that the founders were ‘out of office’.

Google was young then and it was still living under the “shadows of Yahoo” which can be seen with an exclamation mark at the end and a Burning Man stick figure that looks like “Y” behind the second O in Google.

And while that first doodle was “relatively simple”,  the idea of decorating the company logo to celebrate notable events was born.

However, these custom logos, known as Doodles, are now fairly frequent, in the early days of the search giant they were few and far between.

Did You Know?

In 2000, the founders ask Google’s then intern Dennis to produce a doodle for Bastille Day which eventually turned out to be second Doodle later. People liked it so much that founders devoted the title of “chief doodler” to Dennis.


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