Stop the presses. Google has an ad on its homepage.
Having the cleanest homepage on the internet has often been attributed to much of Google’s early success. Before they were the search engine, they competed against Yahoo, Microsoft Live, Alta Vista, and other portal sites that had ads, news, and just about everything else that one could fit onto a single website. Google’s was clean back then and remains clean today.
Every now and then, they do some promotions. Today, they used the most visited page on the internet to display a simple message:
“The playground is open. The new $199 tablet from Google.”