No Google Doodle For 911

    September 11, 2008

Google is known for its fun and interesting doodles celebrating various holidays and events. Yesterday they had a doodle of the Large Hadron Collider to recognize the launch of an experiment that aims to discover more information about the Big Bang.


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What’s puzzling is on the 7th anniversary of one of the worst attacks on the United States, Google has failed to commemorate the 911 terrorist attacks. Is yesterday’s acknowledgment of the collider more important than the 911 attacks?

To be fair only one other major search engine is recognizing the somber anniversary of the attacks and that is Microsoft Live Search. They have a picture of a single candle to commemorate the anniversary.

As an American company that started here, it would be a classy move for Google to have a doodle for 911. The company has also been criticized for not putting up a doodle for Memorial Day.

A Google spokesman said in 2006 about Memorial Day and the lack of  a doodle, "If we were to commemorate this holiday, we’d want to  express reverence; however, as Google’s special logos tend to be
lighthearted in nature, this would be a particularly challenging design. We wouldn’t want to create a graphic that could be interpreted as disrespectful in any way."

A simple flag or any other kind of patriotic doodle would be a nice way for Google to show that it cares about what happened on that terrible and dark day seven years ago.