Google, Facebook, Twitter Help Revelers Ring in New Year

Google, Facebook and Twitter are getting attention as revelers say goodbye to 2011 and hello to 2012.

The Internet search leader has a new Doodle that celebrates the holiday, social networking site Facebook is preparing for an onslaught of photo uploads, and so you don't miss any of the action Twitter has a way for you to keep up with the news and quips about the ball dropping in New York City.

The online world is shaping up to be a fun destination for people celebrating the new year.

Google's latest Doodle, presumably its last in a busy year of playing around with its home page, consists of each of the company's six letters decked out in party attire amid confetti and balloons. As Saturday dawned, the festive-looking Doodle didn't do more than take you to a search results page for "Happy New Year," but who knows, maybe Google built in more interactivity that would surface closer to the ball dropping. Or maybe not. Regardless, this one was getting global attention.

The Doodle, which you can see at Google's home page, was first spotted on South Korean and New Zealand landing pages since, because of time zone differences, Asia and Pacific regions roll into 2012 earlier than the United States.

If you're a Google Doodle fan and would simply like to take another look at all the good ones from 2011, check out its recently revamped Google Doodle website, which is now not only a hub for Doodles but also an online Doodle Store where you can purchase posters, t-shirts, coffee mugs, skateboard decks, and other Doodle paraphernalia.

Want more New Year’s Eve action? You can follow @timessquareball on Twitter to keep up with the buzz about the ball dropping in New York City, or stream it live using the official Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball app for Apple and Android devices.

And according to The Mercury News, Facebook just might get more than a billion photo uploads on New Year's Eve 2011. After all, during Halloween night 2010 and the following day it accepted 1.2 billion uploads. Now it has at least 200 million more users.

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