Google Blatantly Copies Yahoo’s Promo Page?
December 13, 2006 by Gaman
Jeremy Zawodny from Yahoo recently claimed that Google has copied Yahoo’s IE7 promo page. See how similar both pages are:
In response, Matt Cutts the Google Engineer came up with an apology on his blog.
I can only speak for me personally on this. If Jeremy looked into it and says that it wasn’t a template from Microsoft, I believe him. That would mean that the Yahoo! page was used as a template for Google’s IE7 promo page. I can’t say why someone at Google would decide to do that, but to the Yahoo! UI designer whose page was copied: my apologies. In my personal opinion, it sucks when someone else copies a page layout without attribution.
But he didn’t stop there, he continued to explain that Yahoo itself has copied Google’s design in two different occasions. I think Google did it on purpose, they are not that stupid to copy someone else design. Perhaps this is the chance for them to highlight the matter and teach Yahoo a lesson.
So I guess the moral of the story is if you are going to point out the copying done by someone else, make you are not copying anyone’s stuff yourself.
By now, Google have updated the page with a new design.