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February 14, 2007

Searching is Lovely on Valentine’s Day

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It’s Valentine’s Day and the search world is all aflutter with the love bug. Aw!

As with most holidays, everyone’s eyes were zoomed in on the logos being displayed by the various engines. And we weren’t let down.

Google’s running the yummy chocolate covered strawberry concoction seen below…

…but has taken some slack after the blogosphere accused Google of misspelling their own name. Google not-so-subtly addressed the issue in their update Strawberries are red, stems are green. Oooh, the stem is the L, I get it. Gawker tried to help Google out and redesigned their logo for them, but frankly that just left me even more confused. Is that a pickle? It looks like a pickle. What do pickles have to do with Valentine’s Day?

[If you need help figuring out the Google logo or need a visual on how to shovel snow, check out Ze.]

Ask.com, my personal engine of choice, is also showing the love with a heart-shaped search button, a home page to link to timely VDay-inspired Smart Answers and a sugary blog entry that had me letting out a not-so-silent "aww!"

Yahoo is running a Flash Valentine’s Day message, as they often do, and Live.com proves once again that they’re too cool for us and is offering up no love at all.

Well, I shouldn’t say that. They did offer up some unrealistic love advice that shows forgetful males how to make quick Valentine’s Day reservations on the fly via their mobile phone. Of course, we wouldn’t actually recommend anyone try this method because any male worth the effort knows if you don’t have reservations by now, the only good that phone will do you is to help you order a pizza. And maybe help you find a cheap motel once your wife isn’t so amused by the pizza.

Search Engine Journal’s Carsten Cumbrowski got into the Valentine’s Day spirit with It’s Valentine’s Day! Yes, TODAY! offering up some shopping ideas for their more absentminded readers, and linking off to some VDay alternatives for people who think Hallmark should die. See that, Search Engine Journal thinks of everything!

The often hilarious Chris Hooley decided the best thing for a lonely SEO to do on Valentines Day was to offer himself up to the highest bidder. Chris has launched a contest called Who Wants To Date An SEO where ladies can complete for a night on the town with everyone’s favorite search student. I think Susan and Chris would make an excellent couple, don’t you? […you didn’t actually nominate me, right? You do remember that I’m your boss? –Susan] Why you gotta throw out the boss card? I thought we were friends two-females-who-work-together-and-pretend-to-tolerate-one-other? Plus, if anyone could get you to lighten up (and make you less painful to deal with), it would be Chris Hooley.

Well, I think that just about completes our Valentine’s Day round-up. I hope everyone’s having a fun day and passing the love around. A big thanks to everyone who has made my day considerably sweeter. Today’s collection of charming emails, giggle-worthy-cards, and blog entries dedicated to helping me with my vertical blind dilemma have kept me smiling and laughing all day. Don’t tell anyone, but you’re all my favorite. :)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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One response to “Searching is Lovely on Valentine’s Day”

  1. shor writes:

    Is Dennis ‘doodle-master’ Hwang this nefarious? If you look up ‘Googe’ in Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Googe you get an entry for a bassist in the group: “My Bloody Valentine”.

    Coincidence or subtlety?



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