Microsoft Europe tweet mocks Google's copy-cat background image feature

Microsoft Europe’s communication team has used its Twitter account to make fun of Google’s latest search page feature: the ability to add background images to said page, a feature that has characterized Microsoft’s Bing search service since its debut.

Google yesterday temporarily added a default background image to make more people aware of the new feature, which apparently prompted Microsoft Europe to tweet: “We’ve lost a background image, if found please return to ;)”.

Clearly tongue in cheek, but who are we not to spread the fun a bit more, then?

It’s getting a heck of a lot of retweets, too.

Hasn’t been giving the ability to add themes to the search engine for much longer than both Google and Bing, though?

Update: the Telegraph found more tweets:

– Ashley Highfield, MD Microsoft UK Consumer & Online via @ashleyhi: “Imitation (however pale) is the sincerest form of flattery: a certain search engine put up the same pic (tulip fields) used on Bing long ago”

– Peter Bale, Executive Producer of MSN UK via @peterbale: “How intriguing to see friends at Google borrowing the Bing homepage #photography idea.”