As a show of support for the upcoming Ethereum Merge, tech behemoth Google has introduced a new countdown timer.
When you type "Ethereum Merge" or "The Merge" into the search engine, you'll see a countdown ticker with the expected time left until the Merge according to the hash rate and difficulty. A cartoon of two happy pandas running toward each other with outstretched hands, supposedly getting closer as the date approaches, is off to the side.
In a Sept. 9 tweet, Google Cloud developer Sam Padilla said the countdown was a fun little surprise and a way to express their appreciation for the work that has been going into this for years. He stated that the work was done by Google's search and labs teams, but he did "kickstart" the idea and conversation that led to the timer's implementation.
Padilla explained in the same post that the timer is connected directly to the blockchain and updates the countdown in real-time, stating, "some of the nodes we run pull the underlying data directly from the blockchain."
He also hinted that pandas are getting closer as the time approaches but said in jest, "But you didn't hear that from me."
Google is becoming more involved in crypto, constructing a Web3 team under Google Cloud on May 6. However, Google developers aren't the only ones keeping a close eye on the Merge. According to recent Google search data, searches for the term "Ethereum Merge" generated a rating above 50 for the majority of the last month, peaking at 100 on September 3.
A value of 100 indicates peak popularity for the term, while a value of 50 indicates half as popular. A score of 0 indicates that there was insufficient data for that day.
In the meantime, according to a recent CoinGecko report, Singapore is the country most engaged in the upcoming Ethereum Merge, followed by Switzerland and Canada, Germany, the United States, and the Netherlands.
The overall ranking was determined by examining the frequency of ten search terms, including "Ethereum Merge," "ETH Merge," and "Ethereum PoW," and then combining them.
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