May 29, 2006
JONAH GOLDBERG ON GOOGLE: “It’s kind of sad. They change their homepage logo for all sorts of holidays and occasions. Just last week they paid tribute to Arthur Conan Doyle’s birthday. But Memorial Day doesn’t seem to rate anything at all.”
UPDATE: A reader points out that one of Google’s competitors remembered:
ANOTHER UPDATE: DogPile gets a good review, too, from reader Rich Willis: “I switched to Dogpile.com as my search portal about a year ago. They let you use several search engines at once to grab searches from a variety of sources. After the last bit of ‘Googliganisms’ I removed google from my search tools in Dogpile. Thankfully, I read your blog daily, or I would have missed that Google today showed an unsurprising lack of respect for our armed forces, and for those of us who DO honor and respect them.”
It’s not a huge deal, but judging from my email it seems to be the last straw for a lot of people, coming after the China censorship deal, etc. As I warned earlier, Google seems to be engaged in a Dell-like squandering of its goodwill, which strikes me as very unwise given that goodwill is its biggest asset, really.