True, Google is not (yet) the master of the universe, but it represents a significant share of the cyber-universe. One of its little gimmicks is to 'decorate' its on-screen logo with items relevant to the day or season – hence snowmen at Christmas, shamrocks on St Patrick's day, and so on.
It is interesting, therefore, to look at the Google logos in various 'national versions' today – 11 November – 'armistice day'. The poppy fascists of the British establishment, and their supporters, often claim that the poppy is some sort of international symbol and that the refusal by Irish people to display it is somehow out of kink with 'civilised society'.
Here, then is today's Google UK logo, complete with poppy:
But in other parts of the British Empire – the areas claimed by some as loyal poppy-wearing territories, the poppy is largely absent. [NB all screenshots were captured on 11 November 2009]
Only in Canada does Google consider the poppy to be worth adding to their page (but not the actual logo):
In less loyal ex-colonies the British symbolism is entirely lacking.
And amongst the other countries directly (and much more devastatingly) involved in the First World War, no sign of poppies can be found.
The evidence from Google, therefore, is that the poppy is not a universal symbol, or even a symbol common to participants in the first or second world wars – it is a symbol only of Britain and Canada. Attempts to browbeat Irish people into wearing it are dishonest and political, and must be treated with due contempt.