Where's The Google Logo For Steve Jobs?

Oct 6, 2011 • 8:21 am | comments (28) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Google Apple Logo - Steve JobsLast night, the world heard the sad news that Steve Jobs has died. Apple and the world has lost one of the most visionary people to ever live. Most of you know, I grew up on Apples and am one of the largest Apple users out there - people think I am a bit cultish. So yea, the news was very sad for me personally.

There is no doubt the impact Steve Jobs had on the world. But yea, he lead Apple, a company that he directed in changing the world. That company and his leadership also shaped Google, Yahoo, Microsoft in many ways.

Larry Page posted a message on Gogle + as did Sergey Brin on Google + on just how much of an impact Apple and Steve Jobs had on Google:

From the earliest days of Google, whenever Larry and I sought inspiration for vision and leadership, we needed to look no farther than Cupertino. Steve, your passion for excellence is felt by anyone who has ever touched an Apple product (including the macbook I am writing this on right now). And I have witnessed it in person the few times we have met.

Apple.com has an iconic image of Jobs on the home page leading to a message at apple.com/stevejobs, here are pictures:

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Google rushed last night to put up a small text link under the Google search box that links Steve Jobs to Apple. Here is a picture:

Google Steve Jobs Message

But Google users want and expected more - they wanted a logo that honored and remembered his legacy. I have no doubt there will be one on October 5, 2012 - but for now, Google did not want to do a logo. They don't like doing logos for sad occasions and instead, they used the plain text link approach - which works for me but not for many.

There is a petition in the Google Web Search Help forums to make a Google logo. I doubt we will see one today, but I'd be surprised if we didn't see one next year.

Anyway, I sit with many of the world in mourning the loss.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help , Google Blogoscoped Forums and WebmasterWorld.

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10/06/2011 12:36 pm

True. We want a Steve Jobs logo.

Daniel Peiser

10/06/2011 01:05 pm

I would rather see a Google logo to remember his birthday next year.

Adam Bickle

10/06/2011 01:31 pm

Barry, you read my mind.  I opened up the Google homepage fully expecting a tribute logo.  I do like the simple link at the bottom, but I didn't see it until I read your post.  For as much as I have given Steve a hard time over the years but he is and always will be one of my heroes.


10/06/2011 01:50 pm

I don´t want a Steve Jobs doodle. Maybe in a few years.

Michael Butler

10/06/2011 02:28 pm

I don't think Google does doodles for someone's death, only for their birthday. We'll likely see something on Feb. 24, 2012 or 2013


10/06/2011 02:53 pm

"From the earliest days of Google, whenever Larry and I sought inspiration for vision and leadership, we needed to look no farther than Cupertino" There's a lot of truth to this. Even Eric Schmidt was inspired so much that he stole the iPhone ideas while on Apple's board until he was fired.

Mae Loraine Jacobs

10/06/2011 05:10 pm

Perhaps Steve Jobs is such a huge guy no logo can ever encompass his impact to Google and to the rest of the world. But honestly people should stop making a big deal about it. The most important thing is everyone, including Google, acknowledges Jobs's passion and vision.

Michael Martinez

10/06/2011 05:45 pm

They still have time to get it done by October 14, "Steve Jobs Day".


10/06/2011 06:40 pm

its elegant and respectable, a logo? I think they did the best leaving it to Apple. Theirs nothing on Bing and just a blog post on microsoft website.


10/06/2011 10:06 pm

A corporate logo of another company doesn't make sense, especially when the guy's suing you. Only Apple fanboys are crying about it. He's just another guy that made a boatload of cash. I'm practical and there's nothing practical about overpaying for design and putting a competitor that's suing you on your homepage. Think about it. I'm actually surprised they even linked to apple.com, crazy, considering the legal issues between the companies.

Your a jerk-tard

10/06/2011 10:11 pm

your an asshole. Get over yourself-- in the end this guy who made money, also made many love using computers. ALSO IN THE END HE WAS JUST A GUY, with a loving family and friends who will miss him for leaving teh world way too soon! Get over your capitalist ideologies for a second and HAVE A HUMAN THOUGHT will ya.


10/06/2011 10:21 pm

His family and friends have nothing to do with a Google doodle. Keep on topic next time. You can respect your enemy only so much, but advertising your competitor doesn't make sense unless it will settle this Android vs iPhone crap... and it won't. I can see why, out of respect, they would put a link to the Apple tribute as he was a good adversary and businessman but in reality it doesn't make a lot of sense when you look past feelings.


10/06/2011 11:07 pm

What a classy move by Google! A link to their competitiom's website in honor of Steve Jobs


10/07/2011 05:44 am

iWant my iLogo

ShamrockGift Reviews

10/07/2011 01:10 pm

he was a brilliant man that should Honored well for what he did for the humanity  

Robert Cerff

10/07/2011 01:10 pm

Actually considering the Apple minimalist approach, this was really the perfect tribute from a competitor.  Just my opinion.


10/08/2011 04:02 am

it is time to move on. RIP Steve.


10/09/2011 02:45 am

LOL, this is the typical personality you'd expect from  cult users.  They'd expect nothing less than for Google to glorify him.   Probably if they could have their way, they'd have a 1000 foot tall structure of a glowing apple built in the middle of NYC that could be seen from outer space so they could worship it.  The truly sad thing is they don't recognize that this is due to the fact that jobs was mostly an expert at marketing, and was brain washing them.  The purpose of his speeches was not to just to communicate, but to get people emotional, so that he could then link the apple logo and trademark to that.  He even slipped once, and admitted this in an old video, yet people don't get it.   Using hypnosis and other tactics, he caused people to believe he and apple were far greater than it was.   A real explanation is of course beyond the scope of a simple comment section.  


10/09/2011 02:58 am

instead he was a clever manipulator that led people to believe he was brilliant through his brain washing tactics.  And the problem with that is that once someone has been affected, they will not want to admit this is even a remote possibility.   Another way of looking at it.  No matter how cool another electronic device is, or phone etc from another manufacturer, no one will ever talk about the ceo of that company.   Yet if apple creates it, it's suddenly gold.   The reason is the others don't give speeches designed to manipulate people the way Jobs did.   And this talk about what someone "did for the humanity" won't ever take place with other companies no matter what they bring out.  And yes, his speeches were for the purpose of setting up a sales pitch.  Yes, apple has had some high points, no doubt.  However, again, it's all been greatly over exaggerated.  And especially young kids, and young 20somethings all think he's Einstein and the father of the phone and computer as we know it.  I can gaurantee you, that if you take a room full of 100 people who worship apple.  About 90% of them are under 27 and naive.


10/09/2011 03:05 am

Listen up loser.  He wouldn't have missed you a single bit.  Yet you will miss him because you fell for his flowery rhetoric.  It's not like he's this kind fellow that shows up out of the goodness of his heart to give speeches about technology just to please people.  Instead, he had an agenda to sell computers and phones, and since you didn't catch that, you're the loser.  Why did he go to all that extra trouble to say "touching" things, flash pictures of other greats? talking about "thinking different" etc?  Because he knew that if he reached people on an emotional level, he could in the next few sentences connect the apple logo to those strong feelings.   And yes, he planned it that way.  Again, he didn't show up just to say nice things. Grow up! wow

Polar H7

10/10/2011 05:45 am

Thanks Google for giving so much importance to Steve. No doubt Steve done a great job and he deserve all this respect. RIP Steve... :( 


10/10/2011 07:00 am

Sorry for the loss of a great talent. And we will see how is the future of apple.


10/10/2011 07:18 am

I'm happy to hear that they will always have a remembrance of Steve Jobs. May he rest in peace.  


10/11/2011 07:25 am


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10/11/2011 07:45 am

we are earnestly waiting for the the logo of Steve jobs the visionary of 21 st century


10/21/2011 04:45 am

I hope google dosen't put a logo for Jobs on the anniversity of his death or the anniversity of any sad occasion but for the anniversity of the achievement of a created event


03/14/2012 06:34 am

Why was there no doodle of Steve , on his birthday ????!!! That was not a sad occasion.


10/05/2012 09:50 am

no doodle this year too.......we are waiting.........

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