Search Engines Go Spooky

    October 31, 2006
    WebProNews Staff

Google, Yahoo, AOL, and Ask have spiffed up their sites for All Hallow’s Eve, but Microsoft is sadly lacking in the treat department. Microsoft handed out tricks instead, bestowing the horror of litigation on 55 alleged software counterfeiters around the globe.

Search Engines Go Spooky
Halloween Comes To The Search Industry

It’s probably best not to think of Steve Ballmer dressed like Captain Jack Sparrow.

You have my permission to bleach your brain of that image now.

AOL gets partial credit for tweaking its logo and adding a pumpkin-orange theme to its main page. Their list of the top 13 haunted houses in the country gives a glimpse of the blood-dripping fun taking place across the country.

Yahoo updated its logo to reflect the ghoulishness of the day. Clicking it takes you to Halloween ’06 and plenty of links to fun Halloween information on various Yahoo properties. Don’t forget to check out Rob Zombie’s “Dragula” video.

Google kept things simple by dressing up its logo with long strips of mummified gauze while a skeletal hand reaches from the freshly-turned earth to form the letter E. Clicking the logo brings up Google’s search results for Halloween.

Ask seems to prefer changing its backgrounds rather than altering its logo. That’s ok, though, because the black background with orange-lit pumpkin faces works. They provide a link under the search box to last minute costume ideas, which brings up a Smart Answers box to help the procrastinating person find a dress-up option.

Have fun today, and watch out for little goblins while you are out and about this evening. Oh, and Microsoft? Try to actually participate next year.


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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.