Les Paul Google “Doodle” Costs Businesses Millions
What started as a remembrance of a music great has cost businesses millions. An "Extreme Tech" report estimates that a recent Google "doodle" in honor of the late guitar great Les Paul ran up a price tag of about 268-and-a-half million dollars in lost productivity around the globe. Google featured the doodle on June 9th in honor of what would have been Paul's 96th birthday. The doodle allowed web surfers to strum out music on its strings, record music, and e-mail recordings. It looks like the concept was a hit. The new research suggests that workers spent ten-point-seven-million hours playing with the doodle. That's based on the 740 million site visitors who spent time on the page.