Posted at Oct 7, 2009 7:08:28 AM by Ronald Busky | Share
This morning I sat at my desk and opened up my Firefox browser and what did I see? The usual Google Logo was really different. Today it was just a barcode. huh? yes, just a barcode. Intrigued by the logo it was soon realized that today marked the "birthday" of the barcode.
Google has always done some nifty things with they logo on what seems every major and insignificant day on the planet. Well this one seems to caught many peoples eye and curiosity. But what exactly is a barcode?
According to Wikipedia, "A barcode is an optical machine-readable representation of data. Originally, barcodes represented data in the widths (lines) and the spacings of parallel lines, and may be referred to as linear or 1D (1 dimensional) barcodes or symbologies. They also come in patterns of squares, dots, hexagons and other geometric patterns within images termed 2D (2 dimensional) matrix codes or symbologies. Although 2D systems use symbols other than bars, they are generally referred to as barcodes as well."
So does Google's use of the Barcode as todays logo solidy the importance of the barcode in today's society?
Maybe. I would presume that 90% of the world has seen or used a barcode before. You can't go anyone now without someone scanning one thing or another. Let's see how people react to today's Google logo. Now we wait for conspiracy theorists to add their spin as well as others that really couldn't care less.