Google Doesn’t Celebrate Memorial Day?

  • Comments: 3
  • Written on: May 29th, 2006

As many of you know, the popular search engine Google regularly tasks it graphic artists to craft variation of its logo to celebrate holidays large and small. For example, Google recently adjusted their logo to honor Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Birthday. They also change it for major holidays such as Halloween, Thanksgiving and the 4th of July.

So when I woke up this morning and found the standard Google logo on www.google.com, I was a bit shocked. I checked around some Google forums on the web and found that I was not the only one who was surprised at the lack of a change.

Some people gave Google the benefit of the doubt with excuses ranging from “their graphics designers took a long weekend” to “Google is international and this is an American holiday.” Each of those excuses is flawed because taking the day off to honor those who you refuse to honor on your website would be truly ironic, and if anyone has the ability to detect what country a visitor is coming from it would be Google. Seriously, Google can tell me what HOUSE visits my website in some cases!

Another writer pointed out that Google has never changed their logo for Memorial Day, so it is unlikely this is a deliberate slap to those serving in the War on Terror. This makes some sense, although I don’t know that it answers the original question. At some point the powers that be in Google sat down at a conference table and someone said “wouldn’t it be cool to change our logo to match different holidays.” Then someone sat down and compiled a list of important holidays (like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Birthday *note sarcasm*). Evidently, Memorial Day did not make the list back in 1999 and it continues to miss the ‘Google standard’ today.

These are the type of things that make people like myself angry, and angry people are motivated people. Motivated people will look for alternatives for searching, advertising, and mapping. Unfortunately, there is not currently a website that comes close to measuring up to Google in any of those areas. But who knows… Someone out there who was planning on BBQing today may just sit down with some friends and start doodling on a napkin. That’s how Google was born and came to dethrone the search giant Yahoo.

People who were angry with AOL for various reasons (too numerous to mention here) demanded an alternative. And when one became available that could viably compete, hundreds of thousands of people ditched AOL in a heartbeat.

Tread lightly Google. As many veterans will tell you, you never know when you might step on a toe-popper that could change your whole world in a heartbeat.

For the veterans who have served and the soldiers who are currently serving, I say THANK YOU. Keep up the good work because there are some of us who understand and appreciate the sacrifices you make.

  1. Jason
    Jason said on May 25th, 2009 at 6:53 am

    I have just switched from Google as my home page to http://www.ask.com because I noticed that ‘Ask’ decided they would honor the veterans on their homepage. I’m outraged myself and I have been an avid Google user for years and have never noticed until today that Goodle didn’t change their logo on their homepage like they do for birthdays of people that you usually have to google their name to find out who they are/were. I’m on the bandwagon to boycott Google! So let’s hear it if you are an American and want to honor your country!

  2. Chris said on May 31st, 2010 at 7:18 am

    I feel the same way, I’ve been serving for over 3 years. Me and my wife looked forward to googles doodle this morning and was so embarrased and outraged that google did not honor memorial day. We started looking more into it, and found out that they did not ever honor memorial day. Now that we have found this out. we will never use google again and plan on finding what ever script blocker’s we can to keep google as far away from us as possible. and as was stated in the article, I hope someone can build a better search engine that does honor memorial day and does bring down the google tyrant! DOWN WITH GOOGLE!

  3. Raine
    Raine said on May 30th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I agree, just switched and won’t go back. Ask.com is now my home page. The tiny little American flag with a yellow ribbon they put UNDER their almighty logo …. what an insult to all Americans and especially those who have served our country in the Armed Services! DOWN WITH GOOGLE!

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