Did The Search Industry Forget MLK Day?

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With the exception of Google – who provided a tastefully designed logo to commemorate today’s significance – it appears the search engine industry forgot why today is a national holiday. While Yahoo’s portal page does contain an “answer box” celebrating Martin Luther King Jr’s accomplishments, this is noticeably absent if you navigate directly to their search engine.

As for Ask.com, which is in full AskX mode, their blog reveals they have an answers section prepared for MLK but you have to initiate a search related to the man in order to activate it. Of course, MSN Search hasn’t altered their look since they launched the Live.com “redesign”. This includes holidays and other special events. It makes me wonder if they are even trying anymore.

Perhaps I’m making an issue out of nothing, but if you can acknowledge the mainstream holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving, why not honor a day that actually has some historic significance – a day set aside for a man who truly wanted a better place for all people to live.

Fortunately, YouTube has a complete presentation of Dr King’s “I Have A Dream” speech (something I recommend all of you watch) and like I mentioned earlier, Google is using a simple but effective logo to acknowledge what this man fought for:

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