We knew people were spending a ton of time yesterday strumming away on Google’s Les Paul Doodle, which turned the search giant’s logo into a playable, recordable guitar, honoring the birthday of the late music pioneer. Now, Seattle-based technology company RescueTime has analyzed its data to put a specific estimate on the time wasted consumed by humanity in the process: more than 5.3 million hours on Thursday alone.

That’s based on aggregated data from about 18,500 users of the RescueTime software tool, which helps people track their computer usage to understand how they can become more efficient.

The company looked at the additional time those users spent on Google for the day, compared to typical usage, and then extrapolated that data based on Google’s overall visitor count to come up with an estimate for the broader population.

For the record, that translates into a monetary value of more than $133 million, estimates RescueTime. It also trumps the 4.8 million hours that the company estimated for Google’s previous biggest hit, its Pac-Man Doodle.

More details on the RescueTime blog.

Comments

  • Anonymous

    Haha, really.  This is what it always comes down to.  Money?  What if this inspires the next great musician of our time, or the next startup idea which creates musical instruments that can be played with your mouse creating the next #1 album.  Its about possibilities which is just as valuable as productivity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasongrimes Jason Grimes

    This was absolutely fun to put together. Joe Hruska our CEO did all of the heavy lifting in terms of metrics, but it’s great to have data and be able to share it with the GeekWire community. Our RescueTimer’s are the juice that makes this engine go – thanks for reading.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasongrimes Jason Grimes

    This was absolutely fun to put together. Joe Hruska our CEO did all of the heavy lifting in terms of metrics, but it’s great to have data and be able to share it with the GeekWire community. Our RescueTimer’s are the juice that makes this engine go – thanks for reading.

  • http://faves.com/users/mike mckoss

    You can watch a very entertaining talk about the Pac Man Doodle from Google IO given by Ryan Germick (Creative Lead for Google Doodle), and developer Marcin Wichary:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttavBa4giPc

  • http://fakesteveballmer.blogspot.com/ Stephanos Anton Ballmerfeld

    Out of tune!

Job Listings on GeekWork