It’s a little weird to find a search engine patronizing, but that’s how I’m beginning to feel about Bing. Today, for example, one of the little boxes that appear when you scroll your cursor around (that I used to find so appealing) says to me: “Residents of the hottest place of earth are notoriously combative. Who are they?” What am I, in third grade?
Meanwhile Google has become quite restrained in its Doodles, although the Sesame Street birthday series was a bit much. And they seem to have stopped telling us how many people had searched for the same thing, which was quite cool if you were famous and Googling yourself. I’ve tried Google Trends, but it’s mostly depressing – lots of Tiger Woods these days, for example.
But one of my favorite things about Google’s offerings is the Gmail backgrounds. Mine is called “Tree,” and as far as I can tell it’s the only one that tells you what your very own weather is! If it’s snowing (which I’ve only seen once or twice since the globe is quite warm around here), little snowflakes accumulate on the window. Today, with the monster storm, it looks like a tornado is about to hit.
How do they do this I wonder? I know they know my zip code, but do they program in weather for every zip code?
And so, naturally, I asked the Google, but all I found was people complaining that their Tree theme showed the wrong weather.
Dear Bing: Gmail’s Tree theme shows the weather. Can you tell me how they do this?”