Google Says No ‘Doodle For You!’
I personally think that Google not showing any Doodles for Islamic events has something to do with their “Do No Evil” policy Seriously though, while Google can not be forced to cater to each segment of their customer base, especially since doodling is the secondary responsibility of the guy who creates them, but given that
- Google has doodles for other religious holidays
- Muslims form a huge chunk of their customer base – much larger than, say, Pakistanis, or people who like Escher
- Google has doodles for birthdays and other days that only a tiny portion of the world celebrates
- Google is a PUBLIC company (which does matter)
… by not having a doodle for a single Islamic event/holiday so far, the message they are sending out, to many Muslims, says something like ‘We are the biggest website around and are a global company, but we don’t really care about the Muslim culture and won’t even consider it to be worth a doodle’ – really bad marketing.
Of course we will all continue to use the Google services, we can’t live without them, but this insignificant message will stick to the back of the minds of the sensitive Muslims who have noticed.
Some have commented that Google probably does not want to ‘offend’ Muslims, which might have made sense if they wanted to publish the image of a pig, or a prophet, on the Eid doodle, but they are (probably) not that stupid.
Another critical commenter said that it is a non-issue and not worth wasting time on. I think what makes it a ‘real issue’ is that Google gets millions of hits daily. Any doodle featured on their homepage makes people search and find out more about that particular event/person, just because the Google brand showcased that person/event. Given the negative image of Islam that the ‘infidels’ have developed and their lack of knowledge/interest about Islam, a few million searches on Eid and Islam can really make a big difference in informing people about Islam and the 57 varieties that it comes in (besides the bitter and dangerous Taleban kind).
Here’s a list of the official Google doodles so far [link]
and another video for you ‘diaper-heads’ to conclude this comment-that-turned-into-a-post:
Perhaps a pro-active Muslim designer should create a doodle for Eid and send it to Google and see what happens.