Google's Labor Day Flag & Bing Bees

Sep 3, 2012 • 8:19 am | comments (15) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Logos

Today is Labor Day in the United State of America - most people do not work today, so I will likely not blog much today. That being said, I always find it interesting to see which search engines put up logos or mentions of Labor Day on their home page.

Google doesn't do a Doodle, they rarely do, but they do put up an American flag.

Google's Labor Day Flag

Bing typically does something more American, but not this year. Instead, they have a bee hive image and make a small mention about Labor Day in one of the hot spots on the image (I enlarged that hot spot so you can read it):

Bing Bee Labor Day also typically has something but this year, at least nothing at 8am EDT this morning. DogPile is bare, as is Yahoo, and many others.

We have a Labor Day theme, as we normally do, here:

Labor Day Search Engine Roundtable

Happy Labor Day everyone!

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09/03/2012 02:08 pm

As a dial-up user, Doodles(?) on Gooogle always slow my role. Still I find it odd that Gooo can splash us with Olympic animation and punk Labor Day. I'm here because I couldn't believe it and I Googled: no google labor day? It just seems so wrong; a tiny flag? That's not a Doodle. What is it called? Something with a lot of ooooooo in it, I presume. Wado


09/03/2012 02:46 pm

yea thought it was pretty weak of google to do nothing for labor day..but theyll celebrate the life of an artist that 99% of the world has never heard of.


09/03/2012 02:49 pm

but thats typical these days..cant celebrate a day for the few hard working americans, that might offend the ones who live off Obama and co.


09/03/2012 03:07 pm

The Google Doodle is a social comment on Googles social relationship to "labor". Labor is smaller and less important than the availability of free information. For example in China working and labor is one of highest social values but the people have very limited access to information and are therefore not free. Alternatively - For Veterans Day a patriotic symbol always obscures the Google Doodle showing that the patriotic nation of the US is greater than free information on Google. In accordance with Google own math - it is about relationships...


09/03/2012 03:52 pm

Positioning the flag beneath Google's logo is disrespectful IMO.


09/03/2012 04:47 pm

That is just a disgrace. I was expecting something awesome, but apparently not.

keith goode

09/03/2012 05:02 pm

Gee, why not just phone it in Google? Guess you are too involved with your new $199 tablet to be a little patrotic? Very disappointed!


09/03/2012 05:02 pm

At least on one of Microsoft's official Facebook pages (Office), they said "Happy Labor Day!" whereas I didn't find anything of the sort on any of Google's pages on Facebook.


09/03/2012 05:35 pm

I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed this! What gives? Very unclassy, google!


09/03/2012 08:16 pm

Do you all realize Labor Day isn't about America? Just wondering...

Wendy Arsenault

09/04/2012 01:05 am

US Government fought labor, and still does, tooth and nail. Labor Day was legislated in cities, then states, as public opinion turned against abysmal working conditions during Industrial Revolution, including 5-year-old children working in factories, fires killing dozens of women in locked, airless factory rooms, no bathrooms, 8-day workweeks, etc. Years after being legislated by almost every state, US eventually recognized and legalized it, after U.S. troops were sent to quell a railroad workers' strike, and killed more than a dozen people. It's good that it was legislated, although under duress, but I'm so puzzled when I see people fly American flags, as though love of labor unions is a deeply-held value of this country, encouraged and supported by the government, when that's far from the case. Fly a labor flag.

Maurice Walshe

09/06/2012 12:25 pm

That would be Mayday - which of course woudl just be th eGoogle name in Red and Black :-)


09/09/2012 03:10 am

I'm a lib-dem and was shocked to see the effort that went into the current Star Trek doodle, but just an anemic flag to " honor" labor in the U. S. A cool waving flag with some awesome surprises behind stars would've been more appropriate. Maybe next year.


09/02/2013 04:00 pm

Being that I actually have off on a holiday, I noticed Google's tiny flag today immediately. We have created such wonderful unappreciative citizens in this country of late. Disgraceful.

LaBamba690 .

09/02/2013 04:36 pm

Google's dismissal of Labor Day is a sure sign of the times. Every day this country becomes more of a Corporatocracy. Look at the Supreme Court decision on Citizens United. What a slap in the face it is to every middle class working American. Wall Street and the global bankster cartels run our government. The majority of Americans seem to want to avoid thinking about and doing anything about it. Maybe, one day, enough Americans will turn off the TV, turn on their brains, get involved, and do something about it. For now, those in power don't seem to have much to worry about.

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