Memorial Day: Google's Ribbon vs. Bing's Home Page

May 27, 2013 • 8:57 am | comments (21) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Logos
 

Today is Memorial Day in the United States of America, a very important day to show your American patriotism and thank our soliders for protecting the country.

To celebrate the day, some of the search engines place logos, ribbons or deck out their pages with full designed themes. The question is, which is most appropriate?

Google goes very minimalistic with a small ribbon, while Bing completely overhauls their background image. Both are very tasteful but some might say Google is doing too little, while others might say Bing is going over the top. Is there a middle ground or are we looking into these things way too much?

Here are the logos and themes live today from Google, Bing, Ask.com and some others:

Google Memorial Day

Bing Memorial Day - click for full size

Ask.com Memorial Day - click for full size

SER Memorial Day

While Yahoo has no logo at all today.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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Comments:

42p0ner

05/27/2013 01:55 pm

Ah new eeyit! Yahoo is sum commienists!

Gangelas

05/27/2013 06:21 pm

Google too little...Bing is Bingo! Google does more for Salvador Dali's birthday....

Go

05/27/2013 06:59 pm

I have set my search page to BING as of today. Sorry google, you suck.

NB

05/27/2013 09:19 pm

I did as others and only used Bing today except once to search their site for a good way to contact them and ask why their image was so minimalistic.

David L. Harris

05/27/2013 09:53 pm

I'm feeling better and better about my decision to use Bing as my default search engine...

Tim

05/27/2013 10:10 pm

google all the way. i get tired of in-your-face patriotism. besides america hasn't fought a noble war since the 1940s. everyone since then has been forced to fight/die for capitalism/greed. not that it's the soldiers' fault, but i think the holiday feeds into the "american freedom" bs way too much. either way those people who are saying they're switching to bing are only doing themselves a disservice, since bing blows.

Craig

05/28/2013 02:18 am

Tim, Thanks for the vote of confidence. Glad to know the last 18 years of my life spent either preparing to go or serving in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan are about capitalism and greed. I do not recall ever stripping a nation of its natural resources, dismantling its infrastructure or removing its economic base. Seems to me Tim that my command and I left things as best as we possibly could and despite the situation we always pursued the best possible outcome for the people involved (I must have been in the "good" areas where we in the military only do the "right" things- right Tim?). Tim have you ever lived somewhere that didn't possess that "bs" American Freedom? Not likely and if you did you would certainly appreciate it. Take an extended trip to Afghanistan and tell me how it went. Finally Google's disgusting and obviously intentional "token Memorial Day icon" is a very personal affront . I buried 9 friends in the past decade and one would think with all this catering to this group and that they could at least do a pathetically simple thing like honor the people that paid the ultimate price with their lives. Tim God Bless you and your exercise of your First Amendment Rights.

Dk

05/28/2013 06:30 am

Seriously go to hell you no go two faced fuck up! Seriously have you ever done anything noble for the county you live in? When millions of Americans have fought and died for you freedom and are still fighting you can sit their and say that? As far as I'm concerned you should be on the front lines of the OTHER side of the war!!!

Mike

05/28/2013 12:22 pm

Websites can do what they want. It's clear that google has made the passive statement in the past that they support communism, do not like Christians/Catholics and are completely anti-America. That's why i moved to Bing as have a ton of others. They put up cesar chavez (or whatever his name is, the guy did NOTHING) in a big tribute on Easter, and for Memorial day, a day where we respect and honor the fallen who have died for our freedom and the freedom of others (Tim are you listening you jerk, i'm educating you for a change you little disgusting twerp). Google is intrusive, out of control, and cocky (sound familiar to the current administration?) Tim you are a very sick man, you need help by the way. Your 1st Amendment rights have been protected by soldiers from the beginning of our land to the present time, and you make a comment like that? You're a sick sick, very sick man. I hope you enjoyed your FREE day off, and your BBQ with friends (people that probably haven't served their country or know what today is about). To my fellow former servicemen (and current of course), and to the men we buried in Baqubah, Baghdad, and all over this world from the beginning of our country to now, a big Thank You.

Mike

05/28/2013 12:24 pm

Here here! Well said Craig, there were typos in mine where I forgot to mention that google put up a small flag that was below their logo. Thank you for your service my good man!

Brandon

05/28/2013 03:29 pm

I don't think Bing went over the top. I don't use Bing, but I love that their homepage is a full-page picture that changes every day with plenty of interesting information tagged in it. That picture is no more dramatic than most of the other pictures I've seen. If anyone went over the top, it was Ask, with their patriotic imagery Photoshopped together into an overwhelming montage.

Graham Ginsberg

05/28/2013 03:38 pm

Unless Bing gets some life quickly, it will retire with its founder. This however leaves the door wide open for a more friendly search engine to dominate over Google

Tyler Elliot Scurti

05/28/2013 03:58 pm

Considering how Google changes their art when an artist that died 200 years ago has a birthday, I think they could have paid more respect to America's fallen heroes.

Tyler Elliot Scurti

05/28/2013 04:05 pm

I'm sorry to hear you feel this way, Tim. Just know that our military men and women are there to defend your freedom. Even if you don't appreciate what it is they do for you like the rest of us do.

Anti-SEO

05/28/2013 07:07 pm

Respect is not huge patriotic image on the homepage. This is promotion. Respect is to do something absolutely real for those absolutely real heroes who are still alive and no doubt need help in many cases.

Tyler Elliot Scurti

05/28/2013 08:47 pm

And as a service member I could not disagree with you more. It is called support. It is totally up to Google how they want to do it and it was only my opinion that they should have displayed more. But given the "promotion" they did for Ceaser Chavez I still don't see any reason why they couldn't invest a little more into supporting the men and women who have died serving our country.

Anti-SEO

05/28/2013 09:09 pm

Probably because it's very easy to support those who have died. Place patriotic image and you're supporter. But are you ?

Veteran

05/28/2013 11:35 pm

Patriotism was only around about a year after 9/11. Then it started diminishing again. Now it seems hip to be anti patriotic or anti American. If/when there is another 9/11 attack, those same people will jump back on the patriotic bandwagon, I'm quite sure. Humans are very predictable, history proves this. Those who believe in this country are patriotic 24/7. The rest are unsure of what they believe and need others, more strong then themselves to do the real work.

L

05/31/2013 05:48 pm

I'm glad I wasn't the only one who noticed this. They went out of their way to make it apparent that they don't support the troops. Petri's 161st birthday got a display with graphics and was much larger and the Memorial Day one was very minimalistic showing no effort. I'm not nit-picking but if you're going to do something to pay tribute then do it right.

Anna Pham

05/31/2013 08:24 pm

Love how those search engine apperance can remind us of important days.

Jillxz

06/01/2013 12:10 am

Bing is quite accurate. Better than Google a lot of times. Th images are terrific and so are the videos.

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