Cara's doodle could be a hit for Google; COMPETITION: Six-year-old aiming for worldwide success with her logo design.
CARA MCKEANEY'S design could soon become the face of the world's most famous internet search engine.
Cara, aged six, entered the doodle4google competition to design a British-based logo for Google with her schoolmates.
The artistic Warwickshire schoolgirl, who attends Clapham Terrace School in Leamington, has beaten competition from across the region to win the West Midlands section of the category for four to eight-year-olds.
The national winner will be decided by on-line votes and Cara's parents, Toni and Paul, are asking people in Coventry and Warwickshire to vote for their daughter's design.
Inspired by the Warwickshire countryside, Cara's design uses plants and animals to illustrate Google's famous logo.
When Cara entered the competition, the family heard nothing for three months. Then out of the blue they were contacted and told her design had been chosen.
Mum Toni, a 34-year-old nurse, of Montgomery Road, Whitnash, near Leamington, said: "We are just a bit amazed really.
"She is always taking an interest in art and drawing and we are really pleased she's got this far.
"But now we need help to make her a national winner. It is all down to on-line votes and now we need everyone in Leamington and Coventry to vote for her."
If Cara wins the competition, she and her schoolmates will benefit from an interactive white board donated to her school.
Once the winner has been selected, his or her entry will go live on Google's homepage for 24 hours to be viewed by a potential 18 million people.
TO view Cara's picture and vote for it, log on to www.google.co.uk, click on the Vote for your favourite Google logo link and choose the West Midlands entry in the four to eight-year-old category.
GOOGLE is an American company that runs the internet's most-used search engine (a system for finding information online).
THE idea started in September 1997 and the company Google Inc was launched in September 1998. The company has 8,000 employees and is based in Mountain View, California.
THE name Google originated from a misspelling of googol, a number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros.
GOOGLE has had a major impact on online culture. The word has become a verb which was recently added to the Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary and the Oxford English Dictionary, meaning "to use the Google search engine to obtain information on the internet."
GOOGLE'S services are believed to run on more than 450,000 computer servers in data centres worldwide.
GOOGLE is the most-used search engine on the web with a 54 per cent market share. Independent estimates indicate that more than 80 per cent of search referrals to websites come from a search done on Google. The search engine receives about a billion search requests per day.
GOOGLE also offers satellite images for the entire globe, the moon and Mars. In 2004, Google launched Google Earth, a downloadable program that allows the user to zoom into nearly any spot on the earth, close enough to make out cars and, in some cases, people. Other services offered include an email service and instant messaging facility.
DJ071006GOOG_4 BURSTING INTO FLOWER... Six-year-old Cara McKeaney with her design, based on the Warwickshire countryside, which shows the Google logo sprouting! It won Cara top place in the category for four- to eight-year-olds from the West Midlands. Picture: Joe Bailey