Did you strum Google’s online guitar on Friday? Did you rave about it on your Facebook wall? Over 10 million surfers did, making it the search giant’s most popular doodle so far.
The interactive doodle, put up to mark the 96th birthday of electronic guitar pioneer Les Paul who passed away in 2009, created a buzz on social media from the very hour it went live. “I’ve never seen an online instrument as dynamic as that,” wrote Nishi Khanna, 30, on her wall. “Google sure knows how to make music - twas stairway to heaven! (sic)” tweeted Guy28.
The doodle allowed users to play tracks by hovering the cursor over the strings, and even by the computer keyboard. Users could also record the their own 30-second track. “I can’t believe it. Record your own stuff, too! Loooooooove it,” tweeted Carla Casilli. Open culture wrote, “Stairway to Heaven, Billie Jean... mindblown!”
Such was the impact that Google extended the doodle’s life for US users. “Due to popular demand, we’re leaving the Les Paul doodle up in the US for an extra day. Thanks for jamming with us!,” said Google’s Twitter page.