Looks like the execs at Google have a sense of humor. Well, at least one of them does. Marissa Mayer, the vice president of search at the company ? whose Google Voice app was denied admittance to the App Store ? had some fun on Twitter when she sent out a link to an article on BBspot titled ?Google Pulls Apple from Search Results.?
The article she linked was a fake, of course. It was a piece of satire that poked fun by reimagining the search giant as a spiteful company getting revenge for the GV debacle. And Mayer's Tweet has since been deleted, but thanks to the magic of Twitter Search (the service's equivalent of Google cache search, which calls up defunct web pages), the memory of this priceless moment lives on forever.
Apple had rejected the Google Voice app for the iPhone and pulled third-party apps that work with the service, due to the notion that, says The New York Times, they ?duplicated features that come with the iPhone.?
With that in mind, I actually laughed out loud at the following part of the BBspot story:
Google's official explanation for removing Apple from its search results came from Vice-President in charge of search, Marissa Mayer, ?Those search results duplicate a lot of the functionality of other sites. For example, people can find cell phones on many other sites. We just think this makes it easier for our users.? ?
? Steve Jobs hinted that another strange coincidence might occur soon. "Safari may be getting a different search engine, just saying," said Jobs.
"Oooh, I'm shaking," said Mayer.
As a bystander, I love seeing that even big-time executives are human ? and can acknowledge ridiculousness when they see it, even if it's in a corporate partner. Sadly, I wouldn't be surprised if Mayer's in hot water over this.
The link to the fake story is here. Read the whole thing ? it's worth it.