Google have launched a site that shows a puzzle to solve every day using Google search. Called “A Google a Day”, it has already been running for a couple of weeks, but there is over a week left if you want to get involved.
“A Google a Day is a new daily puzzle that can be solved using your creativity and clever search skills on Google. Questions will be posted every day on agoogleaday.com and printed on weekdays above the New York Times crossword puzzle,” informs Google’s blog.
This is a real life example of gamification, where a company uses a fun game as a way to attract more users. Microsoft have also used games as a way to attract more users to their Bing search engine, which is increasingly threatening Google in the US market. However, unlike Google’s Bing, there is no monetary incentive to solve these Google puzzles – which are just for fun.
“A Google a Day” was created by Daniel Russell, who runs a popular blog about Google web search and understands the fine details of how Google works. “A Google a Day” offers a simple game that poses a daily puzzle for users to solve. Users will have to use all of their Google knowledge to solve the puzzle, making this a very good – and fun – way to learn more about the world’s number one search engine.
One interesting aspect to this game is called Deja Google. “To keep the game interesting for everyone, we created Deja Google – a wormhole inspired time machine that searches the Internet as it existed before the game began. Because nobody wants someone’s recent blog post about finding an answer spoiling their fun.”
This is today’s puzzle, April 29, to give you an idea of the kind of puzzles that are on offer.
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