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Google pays homage to Greece with logo

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Everyone is getting on the ancient bandwagon to commemorate today’s Battle of Marathon anniversary and the Athens Classic marathon. Even Google has gone gaga for events in Greece with a special logo. I dig it!

Though I was able to see it and a bit of history in Greek by clicking on the logo at google.com in English, reader ‘Dimatosj‘ told me that it can only be viewed on google.gr.* He’s right, as readers in other countries confirm.

*Note: The logo can no longer be viewed live, as it was only available October 31, 2010 from 00:00-23:59 local Greek time.

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*Readers: Thank you, I’m aware of the copycat issue. Just ignore them.

6 Comments »

  oriste wrote @ October 31st, 2010 at 08:45

Google.com works for me too, but I’m on an IP address that Google can identify as being located in Greece. It would be interesting to see if people in other locations worldwide get to see the same logo. Clicking on the logo links to a Google search page for “μάχη του Μαραθώνα” for me.

Kat Reply:

A few readers in the USA said they cleared their cookies and tried google.com but it didn’t work, only google.gr gives them access to the logo. It’s also Halloween today for Americans.

Regarding the rigged search, that’s what I meant above when I said I get a bit of history in Greek. I was trying to keep a bit of mystery, hoping people might give it a go and be surprised. Spoiler alert! ;)

  oriste wrote @ October 31st, 2010 at 12:54

Oops! I’m so sorry! You can still delete that last sentence in my previous comment, no problem whatsoever with that, I hate to be the one that spoils it! I also got confirmation from The Netherlands and Sweden that they don’t see the Greek logo there for google.com.

Kat Reply:

Don’t be sorry. I’m going to leave your comment ‘as is.’ It’s possible that people will be prompted to see the search after learning there’s something attached, and your comment will serve as a reminder of what it once showed after the logo is archived.

  Rose wrote @ November 8th, 2010 at 13:49

It is sad that this Google logo was only seen in Greece on google.gr while 85% of the world was watching the Halloween logo. The rest had no logo ( India etc).

It is also sad that the Athens Marathon was not mentioned in the U.S. media at all. A huge failure in advertising of Greece,

Kat Reply:

You’re right. It is a shame the logo wasn’t worldwide, but companies often draw up strategies to target a certain audience.

Journalists wrote articles about the Athens Marathon that ran in USA Today and NY Times, plus local papers did features on residents who were participating. To cash in on the event, thousands more people than normally allowed were able to register and run, and hotels were almost full during that period. With the GNTO/EOT and newspapers on tight budgets, I think it’s quite difficult to do everything possible.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your comment.

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