Google Lets You Say ‘I Love You’ with an Interactive Valentine’s Doodle

Google is suprising its users with a new doodle, devoted to Saint Valentine’s day.

This year’s St. Valentine’s Google doodle is as interesting as usual. Photo: Kara 2/Flickr

The Internet searching giant has prepared for its users a special interactive doodle devoted to Valentine’s day on its homepage which lets you send a virtual box of assorted treats to someone you love.Now you can also fill up your chocolate box choosing of 9 types of sweets, then wrap it up and share it via Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or a direct link.

As Mashable writes, “the choice of sweets seems quite standard, but if you look hard enough, you can also put a couple of not-so-tasty surprises in the box.”

This year’s doodle “one is fairly elaborate, however, and features stories supplied by Ira Glass and NPR’s This American Life (if you’re in the U.S.). Each story is animated using simple illustrations drawn on candy hearts, and each tells a story of love from a different perspective,” Tech Crunch describes the novelty.

“Google is serving up a different doodle for international visitors, which features a mix-your-own box of chocolates that you can then actually send to your sweetie, and the company is also adding animated floating hearts to your Google+ photo uploads depicting hugging and kissing. They manage this using their Auto Awesome photo enhancing feature, and it’s yet another example of just how advanced Google is getting with regards to photo analysis and editing automation,” the blog writes.

St. Valentine’s Day is celebrated every year on the 14th of February. This day people traditionally send anonymous messages or gifts of love to their couples. The holiday was named after an early Christian saint who may have been imprisoned in Roman times for illegally performing weddings for Christians or soldiers who wanted to marry them.

“The religious significance has been overshadowed by the secular festival which has spread beyond Christian culture. Valentine’s gifts were often handmade or handwritten but are now mostly bought commercially. February 14 has become an important part of the commercial calendar for stationers, restaurateurs and many other retail industries,” The Guardian writes.

In some Arabic countries such as Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, the practice of sending Valentine’s gifts has been proscribed by religious authorities and the police. In Wales, for example, some people prefer to ignore the holiday and commemorate St Dwynwen, the patron saint of Welsh lovers on January 25 and in South America, the festival also incorporates friendship as well as love.

The new era of technological and technical breakthroughts such as the internet has heavily changed how people approach towards Valentine’s Day – and dating in general. Online dating webside eHarmony claims that 50 per cent of relationships and couples will be instigated through the internet by the year 2031 – although that would be in their best interests.

Internet searching giant Google has been diligently producing Valentine’s Day doodles every year in the last 13 years. If popping bugs into bogus confectionery is not your ideal Valentine’s gift, last year’s Google Doodle was an interactive flash animation where you pair animal riders on a ferris wheel at random, with an outcome image for every combination.

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