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Google Follows Bing for Once – Tests Olympic Logos in Search Engine Result Pages

Well this has to be a first! It now appears that Google is showing their special Holiday and Event logos in their search engine result pages in a very similar manner to how Bing has been for almost a year.

Here are a few screen captures that show the new SERP’s.

Google Logo in SERP's

Google Logo in SERP's

See full width Google SERP screenshot^^

Bing Logo in SERP's

Bing Logo in SERP's

See full width Bing SERP screenshot^^

 
You will notice that both logos match what both engines have displayed on their homepages.

Google Homepage for Today - 02/19/2010

Google Homepage for Today - 02/19/2010

Bing Homepage from Today - 02/19/2010

Bing Homepage from Today - 02/19/2010

 
I personally like it. It adds a little more visual appeal to the search pages.

 
Postscript – It appears that Google was only running some display tests. There were several tweets that indicated missing and broken logos around the same time that they were first spotted.

Twitter chatter about the Missing/Broken Google Logo

Twitter chatter about the Missing/Broken Google Logo

See complete broken/missing logo chatter screenshot^^

 
As @pottern points out, things were disrupted for only a short period of time.

 
The Olympic logos have disappeared from the SERP’s since they first appeared on Friday. However, there is a very good chance that they will make a return someday soon.

Google Olympics Logo No Longer in SERPs

Google Olympics Logo No Longer in SERPs

 
Share your thoughts on Google and Bing Logos in SERPsWhat do you think of the logos showing in the search result pages? Is this just mimicking by Google or a feature that is long over due? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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