The results are in: Google's Pac-Man homage cost the world $120,483,800 in just one day
Did you know that, on average, you only spend 4 1/2 minutes on Google every day? That's how good it is: you plug in your search and, chances are, 11 seconds later you walk away with the result you need. Throw Pac-Man into the mix however and the average goes up to over 5 minutes! Thanks to Google's celebration of Pac-Man's 30th anniversary, and RescueTime's juicy analytical power, we spent 36 seconds extra on Google on Friday.
That doesn't sound like a large number until you multiply it by Google's average number of daily visitors... 500 million. Apparently that comes to a global total of 4,819,352 hours spent playing Pac-Man on just Sunday May 23. It's even scarier when you realise that the Pac-Man game was actually online for two days. The total tally of scuppered man-hours might be closer to 10 million... or 250 million dollars...
When I originally covered RescueTime I had no idea it would be used to produce such fantastic statistics! Its primary purpose is producing detailed breakdowns of your browsing habits -- and there's a version for both Chrome and Firefox!
[Incidentally, if you missed it the first time around, Google has set up a permanent Pac-Man search page!]