And on the 6th of September, 2011, Queen conquered America. At least in regards to Google Doodles. As we reported yesterday, Google celebrated the posthumous birthday of Freddie Mercury, the world famous lead singer of Queen. For holiday reasons, the latest Google Doodle was available worldwide, but not in the United States.
Now, a day after Mercury's birthday has passed, much like the United States' celebration of the Labor Day holiday, the Queen Google Doodle is now viewable for visitors to the Google.com address, the default version of Google for United States users. While the delay for the United States is understandable, some were disappointed Google didn't do a separate logo to commemorate the Labor Day celebration.
From yesterday's initial Freddie Mercury doodle article, courtesy of WebProNews reader, Steve:
I realize that Google is under no obligation to produce ANY holiday doodles, but I still expected one for Labor Day. I was disappointed when I went to the Google site for just that purpose and there was not one to be found. Too bad they did not take the time to create one.
While Google is indeed multinational and global in its reach, it's still an "American" company. It was founded here and their primary headquarters/campus is still in Mountain View. With that in mind, it is kind of surprising there wasn't a Labor Day logo for American Google users.
Nevertheless, the Freddie Mercury HTML5-driven Google logo is active for Google's American audience, and here's what it looks like when activated:
Because of the nifty doodle, Mercury has also become a bit of a trending topic this week, and that, of course, includes Twitter. The reaction to the Google Doodle was quite positive:
What other doodles would you like to see Google tackle? Are you a fan of these more elaborate logos or would you prefer the standard image alteration instead of the animated video? Was Google's decision to delay the U.S. release of the Freddie Mercury logo the correct one? Let us know what you think.