No Way! Advertising On Google's Home Page?

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News Posted: Fri, Nov 6 2009 7:47 PM
It's the third day in a row that Google has celebrated the upcoming 40th anniversary of Sesame Street with a different Google Doodle, but that's not what drew our attention to their home page. Google has always said it wants to keep their home page sparse, yet today, there was a rarity: an ad.

It's not as though Google has never put an ad on their home page (think back to Chrome, and the T-Mobile G1), and of course, this is Motorola Droid launch day, and there's nothing like highlighting your well advertised and much-hyped product, is there?



Granted, it's really Motorola's and Verizon's product, but still ...

At any rate, there's a hard limit of no more than 28 words on Google's home page, and this one weighs in at 27 words, so ad or no ad, it's OK by Google's standards.
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3vi1 replied on Fri, Nov 6 2009 8:55 PM

"Google: Now almost 1/5th as evil as Microsoft!"


evil@mars:~$ wget www.google.com
--2009-11-06 19:51:35-- http://www.google.com/
Resolving www.google.com... 64.233.169.99, 64.233.169.147, 64.233.169.106, ...
Connecting to www.google.com|64.233.169.99|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: unspecified [text/html]
Saving to: `index.html'
[ ] 5,634 --.-K/s in 0.09s
2009-11-06 19:51:36 (59.0 KB/s) - `index.html' saved [5634]

evil@mars:~$ wget www.bing.com
--2009-11-06 19:54:08-- http://www.bing.com/
Resolving www.bing.com... 96.7.41.18, 96.7.41.26, 96.7.41.9
Connecting to www.bing.com|96.7.41.18|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 30223 (30K) [text/html]
Saving to: `index.html.1'
100%[=======================================================================================================================>] 30,223 --.-K/s in 0.1s
2009-11-06 19:54:08 (279 KB/s) - `index.html.1' saved [30223/30223]

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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realneil replied on Sat, Nov 7 2009 10:41 AM

Compare it to the Yahoo front page and you may see a big difference.

This doesn't bother me at all, but I did notice it.

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kid007 replied on Sat, Nov 7 2009 12:57 PM

english please ?

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acarzt replied on Sat, Nov 7 2009 4:05 PM

Google.com homepage is 1/5 the size of Bing.com homepage

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Ahh, but I hate the Yahoo homepage, so cluttered. Love the cleanliness and simplicity of Google.

But the recent downturn in economy has seen a hit on Google's revenue, so I'm not completely surprised by this move. :/

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Maybe their mom needed an operation or something.


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3vi1 replied on Sun, Nov 8 2009 9:07 AM

Thank you for translating acarzt. :)

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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3vi1 replied on Sun, Nov 8 2009 9:14 AM

Wow... you just made me realize how long it's been since I went to Yahoo's main page for anything.

It looks like they have a 9k page that immediately redirects you to a "personal" page that's 116K!  sheez.  No wonder MS was trying to buy them - they're getting out-eviled!  :p

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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Ack! Well thats why the google homepage is the most widely visited on smart phones.

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At least Google and Bing homepages are clean. That yahoo page is cluttered and ugly. That was the first time I have been to the yahoo homepage in a long time as well 3vi1.

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