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Google’s doodle spurs on composers

DOODLING WITH STRINGS:Many Taiwanese netizens’ demonstrations of what they could do with virtual strings earned Google‘s recognition of their humor

Staff Writer, with CNA

Google’s homepage doodle has made waves in Taiwan, with many people composing tunes on the playable logo it posted on Thursday in honor of musician and electric guitar pioneer Les Paul.

The doodle, featuring guitar strings in the shape of the Google logo, allowed users to either use the mouse or keyboard to perform their masterpieces based on the 10 notes available.

Several local netizens have posted videos online to share their compositions and recitals, and a Facebook fan page discussing the Web site’s interactive feature has attracted scores of comments and registered more than 1,500 “likes.”

In Google Taiwan’s recent news release, the company said Taiwan’s netizens are humorous and full of fun. One duo sang along to the chords they played with the feature, while an online guitarist made a tutorial film teaching people how to play the virtual guitar without getting finger cramps.

EXTRA DAY, EXTRA PLAY

Although Google Taiwan changed its homepage back to the original logo on Friday, worldwide users could still play with it on google.com for an extra day.

“Due to popular demand, we’re leaving the Les Paul doodle up in the US for an extra day. Thanks for jamming with us!” Google tweeted.

Many netizens praised Google’s idea and said they were expecting more surprises.

OTHER DOODLES

Les Paul is not the first celebrity themed doodle Google has used. The Web site has also featured doodles that have incorporated comedian Charlie Chaplin and dancer Martha Graham into its design since it was first introduced in 1998.

The Web site’s doodle team has created over 300 doodles for Google.com in the US and over 700 have been designed internationally over the years. The designs have been gaining popularity and have received enthusiastic responses.

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