Google, topical as always, prepared one of its famed doodles in celebration of today’s passing asteroid and the fact that we’re all not post-apocalyptic shadows of our former selves. The Google Doodle team, however, couldn’t have anticipated how unfortunately relevant they actually would be following the unexpected and destructive meteor explosion over Russia.
The contraband doodle in question had the “g” in Google’s normal logo jump aside for the occasional pummeling projectile from space. It was, of course, quickly taken down, but Search Engine Land’s news editor Barry Schwartz spotted it before the removal. Google confirmed to ABC that it had removed the GIF out of respect saying:
Out of respect for those injured in the extraordinary meteor shower in Russia earlier today, we have removed today’s doodle from the Google homepage. The doodle was created to mark Asteroid 2012 DA14 passing Earth.
But as we all know, nothing on the Internet ever truly dies, and the logo can still be found right over here. [Search Engine Land]