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Thursday, 16 June, 2011

Google Guitar Reduced Corporate Productivity
(with comments)

At least 45 minutes were from me: How Much Did the Les Paul Doodle Cost Google, and the World?

As of June 2011, Google has somewhere in the region of 740 million visitors per day. During the two days that the Les Paul doodle was online, those 740 million visitors, according to analytics from RescueTime, spent 26 seconds more on the Google home page than normal. 740 million times 26 seconds is 5,344,444 hours -- and over two days, that's a total of almost10.7 million man hours spent playing with the Les Paul Google Doodle. Assuming the average Google user earns $25/hour, the doodle cost companies around the world $268 million in lost productivity.

les paul

If you haven't wasted enough time already, here it is.


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  1. By Don Coyote. Comment posted 16-Jun-2011 @07:07pm:
    It's a bit less fun when it's your own time your wasting.
  2. By Dean Booth. Comment posted 16-Jun-2011 @07:44pm:
    Don't buy it, no sir. That 26 seconds was going to wasted somehow, and Google was just convenient.
  3. By Dar. Comment posted 16-Jun-2011 @08:59pm:
    How many people were playing Pac-Man during those 26 seconds?
  4. By BobK. Comment posted 17-Jun-2011 @04:01am:
    Good. That was 26 seconds less on porn sites.
  5. By hanan L. Comment posted 17-Jun-2011 @07:31am:
    I doubt that the average Google user earns $25/hour
  6. By Dick Kusleika. Comment posted 17-Jun-2011 @07:42am:
    I haven't been to Google's home page in a year. If you didn't post the cool logos on this blog, I'd never know about them. Seriously, don't people use the search box in their browser?
  7. By J-Walk. Comment posted 17-Jun-2011 @07:48am:
    don't people use the search box in their browser?

    The search box is so 2009. Chrome users don't have no stinkin' search box. We search right from the address bar, as God intended.

    Google now shows the logos in the upper left corner of the results page. I don't think they used to do that.
  8. By Dick Kusleika. Comment posted 17-Jun-2011 @09:24am:
    I *really* want to use Chrome. I wish they'd fix it for my idiosyncrasies.

    "Google now shows the logos in the upper left corner of the results page"

    So they do. I've never noticed that.
  9. By J-Walk. Comment posted 17-Jun-2011 @09:29am:
    I wish they'd fix it for my idiosyncrasies.

    My only problem with Chrome is that there's no way turn off auto-scrolling when you middle click the mouse. I use the middle mouse button to open links in a new tab. If I miss ever so slightly, the screen goes into auto-scroll mode. Very annoying.

    This feature has been requested by many people, and it's just ignored. It seems like it would be a simple option to add.
  10. By jandevries. Comment posted 17-Jun-2011 @01:12pm:
    I prefer busy excel thing to be more productiv.
  11. By Becky. Comment posted 31-Jul-2011 @07:21am:
    Gee whiz, and I tohhugt this would be hard to find out.
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