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Caleb E [PersonRank 10]

Friday, June 19, 2009
5 years ago6,299 views

As they have done in the past, Google is showing rainbows on the search results for LGBT-related queries this pride season such as [gay], [lesbian], [bisexual], [transgender], [sf pride], etc.

google.com/#q=gay

This is awesome. Way to go, Google.

DPic [PersonRank 10]

5 years ago #

I'm not seeing it, but it sounds awesome. Screenshot?

Ludwik Trammer [PersonRank 10]

5 years ago #

I'm seeing this (there is a line in colors of gay flag). Looks awesome and is really a nice gesture.

For more about Google and gay community go to an interview I did two years ago for Google Blogoscoped – blogoscoped.com/archive/2007-0 ...

drtimofey [PersonRank 10]

5 years ago #

Yuk, sorry. A bro is a bro, not a sex pet.

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

5 years ago #

is this colored line is always there for this request, or is it here for a special event? Any gay pride event this week?

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

5 years ago #


web4.twitpic.com/img/13087646- ...

twitpic.com/7sihq

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

5 years ago #

Thank you, faggot :-P

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

5 years ago #

Hey, you're the French one :P

Now it's not showing anymore... The Twitpic link will still work though :D

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

5 years ago #

it still work here 209.85.229.132/search?q=gay

and first news result is "BrĂ¼no" lol

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

5 years ago #

Encouraging you to search for lesbians: Yet another reason to use Google :P

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

5 years ago #

Hahaha, nice!

WebSonic.nl [PersonRank 10]

5 years ago #

Google Gayglers logo,


websonic.nl/googledoodles/imag ...

J. McNair [PersonRank 10]

5 years ago #

[put at-character here]drtimofey
lol @ sex pet. Not to be offensive, but I wonder if English is your first language.

WebSonic.nl [PersonRank 10]

5 years ago #

twitter.com/google/statuses/22 ...

Above 14 comments were made in the forum before this was blogged,

Polla [PersonRank 1]

5 years ago #

Still I think Homosexual peoples are sick and should be treated at professional Medical level not with SF Pride

Darren [PersonRank 0]

5 years ago #

If there is anyone who is sick in this world Polla, it's people like you...

I think it's a good gesture

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

5 years ago #

I'm not gay, why would someone else being gay impact me? I support the movement, but can we please not turn this into a discussion about gay rights? (Something I've just become guilty of :P)

George R [PersonRank 10]

5 years ago #

> I wonder if editorial engagement in supposedly
> neutral-and-automated-as-possible result pages
> is the right way to go

Philipp may have a good point, but I do not remember this concern during similar treatment of winter holidays.
blogoscoped.com/forum/118605.h ...

Matt [PersonRank 0]

5 years ago #

I don't see a problem with it, it's not like they're changing search results for this? And like George said, they do the same/similar thing for Holidays...

Nemanja [PersonRank 1]

5 years ago #

> I wonder if editorial engagement in supposedly
> neutral-and-automated-as-possible result pages
> is the right way to go

Right. How changing colour of several pixels in graphic of results page counts as engagement in neutrality of results?!?

And George R gave a good point...

moo [PersonRank 1]

5 years ago #

I'm not sure about Google expressing it's support for Mondrian on the homepage!

How can it remain unbiased in results with such blatent support for Neo-Plasticism!

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

5 years ago #

That, was amazing Mr Moo!

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

5 years ago #

> Philipp may have a good point, but I do not
> remember this concern during similar treatment
> of winter holidays.

Yes, because those are ads, and ads are editorially guided by definition, as there are detailed content policies (www.google.com/intl/en_us/adwo ...) – as you will notice, I also voiced no concern when Google put rainbow colored stripes on *ads*: blogoscoped.com/archive/2008-0 ...

I do however voice concern when there's editorializing outside of the ad disclosure (like blogoscoped.com/archive/2006-1 ... to name just one of many) or when the ads are giving Google special advantages (as Google once claimed their own ads were managed under the same guidelines as those by other AdWords advertisers, and I think we should take them by their own word).

> I'm not sure about Google expressing it's support for
> Mondrian on the homepage!

Google only ever claimed that their *result pages* are free of their editorializing (I'm paraphrasing, there's many different ways they had put it), I can't remember that being said about their homepage (there's editorial links promoted on the homepage almost all the time these days)... so as I mentioned in the post, a homepage doodle might be an all different thing.

> Right. How changing colour of several pixels in graphic
> of results page counts as engagement in neutrality
> of results?!?

You may say it's only a *minor* engagement, and I fully agree. I don't believe I said anything different, like that it would be a huge change. I think it's a gray area, and editorializing may come in many little steps... including undisclosed special promotions (blogoscoped.com/archive/2007-0 ...) or "tips" (blogoscoped.com/archive/2006-1 ...).

The point may be much clearer if Google were to highlight or promote something that you were *against* – as I and many of you believe promoting gay pride/ awareness is a good thing, we may not see this as clearly.

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