As a sign of support for the upcoming Ethereum Mergertech giant Google is marking the time left until the upgrade with a new countdown timer.
Typing any variant of “Ethereum Merge” or “The Merge” into the search engine will display a countdown ticker with the estimated time remaining until the merge based on the current difficulty, hash rate, and difficulty of the merge.
On the side is a cartoon of two happy pandas running towards each other with outstretched arms, which are said to be getting closer as the merger date approaches.
Google Cloud developer Sam Padilla said in a tweet on September 9 that the timer was “kind of fun surprise” and a way to show that they appreciate “the years of work that went into it.”
He said the work was done by Google’s Search and Labs team, but noted that he helped “spark” the idea and discussion that led to the timer’s implementation.
In the same post, Padilla explained that the timer is directly connected to the blockchain and updates the countdown in real time, stating:
“The underlying data is sourced directly from the blockchain through some of the nodes we run.”
He also hinted that the pandas were getting closer as the merge date loomed, but said smugly, “But you didn’t hear that from me.”
— Hsiao-Wei Wang (@icebearhww) August 29, 2021
But Google developers aren’t the only ones watching the merger with keen interest.
Recent Google search data revealed that searches for the term “Ethereum Merge” generated scores higher than 50 several times in the past 30 days, peaking at 100 on September 3rd.
A value of 100 is classified as “the most popular for that term”, while a value of 50 means that the term is “half as popular”. A score of 0 means there was not enough data for that day.
Meanwhile, a recent CoinGecko report found Singapore as the country of greatest interestd in the upcoming Ethereum Merge, followed by Switzerland and Canada, Germany, the United States and the Netherlands.
The ranking was determined by analyzing the frequency of ten search terms, including “Ethereum Merge,” “ETH Merge,” and “Ethereum PoW,” and then combining them for an overall ranking.