Another day, another Google doodle. I always like seeing what the folks in Mountain View have decided to commemorate, because aside from calling out the expected holidays, it seems like their celebration doodles typically teach me something I would never have known otherwise. Like today's, for instance. Did you know it's the 165th birthday of Bram Stoker? And you call yourself a vampire fan.
The Dracula doodle pays respect to Stoker, who was born on November 8, 1847. Stoker is of course the creator of the most well-known vampire of all time (sorry, Edward). His classic gothic novel Dracula was published in 1897.
The interesting thing about today's doodle isn't just that it's a spiffy drawing of a famous bloodsucking fiend -- it also shows off Google's innovative Knowledge Graph feature.
If you click the doodle, you're automatically taken to search results page for "Bram Stoker books," and you'll notice there's a scrollable carousel of Stoker's novels at the top of the page. Clicking a book will switch the below search results to that title (Lair of the White Worm, for example).
There's also a summary on the righthand side of the main search results that's intended to help you learn about the subject at a glance. Here's what you'll see for Bram Stoker and Dracula, respectively:
The Knowledge Graph feature is meant to put the most useful data in an easily-scanned format (and give you quick links to purchasing books, of course), but also allow your initial search to become a starting point to search for other related topics. Anne Rice, for instance, is included in the "people also search for" section of Bram Stoker.
Today's doodle is awesome work as always -- not only for highlighting a classic author, but also for drawing our attention to a feature we may not have been aware of. High five, Google.
(By the way, if you're interested in becoming better acquainted with Bram Stoker's work, six of his titles are available for free via Project Gutenberg. Happy reading!)
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