Google gets in on Ethereum Merge excitement with nifty easter egg

Google, the tech giant, is marking the remaining time until the upgrade by a new countdown clock as a gesture of support for the Ethereum Merge.

Any variation of “Ethereum Merge”, or “The Merge”, will bring up a countdown ticker. This shows the estimated time until the Merge, based on current difficulty, hashrate, and merge difficulty.

To the side, you’ll see a cartoon showing two happy pandas running towards each other with their outstretched arms. This is supposed to get closer as the Merge date gets nearer.

Here is a screenshot of the countdown as it was at the time this article was written. Source: Google

In a Sept. 9 tweet, Sam Padilla, a Google Cloud developer, said that the timer was “a funny little surprise” and a way for them to express their appreciation for “the years of work that went into this.”

Although he said that the work was completed by Google’s search & labs team, he noted that he “kickstarted” the discussion and idea that eventually led to the implementation of the timer.

Padilla also explained that the timer is directly linked to the blockchain. This updates the countdown in realtime.

“The underlying data is being pulled directly from the Blockchain via some of our nodes.”

He also suggested that pandas would be closer to the Merge date, but he made a tongue in cheek statement saying, “But you didn’t hear that from us.”

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Google is becoming more involved in crypto, and the company established a Web3 team under Google Cloud in May 6.

Google developers aren’t the only ones who are interested in the Merge.

Recent Google search data revealed that searches for “Ethereum Merge”, generated scores above 50 many times in the past 30 days. This reached a maximum of 100 on September 3.

Google search trends for “Ethereum Merge”. Source: Google

A 100 value is considered “peak popularity” for the term, while 50 is half the popularity. A score of 0 indicates that there is not enough data available for the day.

Related: Ethereum ready to The Merge after last shadow fork is successfully completed

A CoinGecko report found that Singapore was the most interested country in the upcoming Ethereum Merge. It was followed by Canada, Germany and Switzerland.

Rankings were created by analyzing the frequency and combinations of ten search terms (Ethereum Merge, ETH Merge, and Ethereum PoW) to determine the overall ranking.

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