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Valentine's Day Google Doodle Stars "This American Life" Stories

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02/15/2014 6:03 pm
Valentine's Day Google Doodle Stars
Media Courtesy of Google

Denise Heard-Bashur

Staff Writer

@DRHBashur

Most of us have grown accustomed to Google Doodles, the frequent animations Google places on their homepage to celebrate anything from Halloween to Albert Einstein’s birthday. This Valentine’s Day Google gave its American users a doodle of a slightly different sort. In collaboration with NPR’s This American Life host, Ira Glass, Google provided the American public with six real life mini-love stories (one for each letter in “Google”) in the form of animation. Each letter in the Google name was replaced by a candy heart with different labels such as “Crush” and “Puppy Love,” with each label corresponding to the sort of story you would hear when you clicked on them. According to Mashable, clicking on the yellow heart in the center would give you  a special message from Glass: “For Valentine’s Day, as people everywhere search for love, something a search engine might not be the ideal tool for, each of these candy hearts brings you a true story of love. These are real people.” Not wanting to leave anyone out, Google gave visitors outside the U.S. a mix-your-own box of chocolates they could send to loved ones. Google also added floating hearts to all Google+ images uploaded on Valentine’s Day depicting hugs or kisses using Auto Awesome photo analysis and editing software.

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