I had lunch today with a former Yahoo (Ray) and a few coworkers. That's odd for me because I usually eat lunch at my desk while catching up in NetNewsWire. Among the various things we talked about was the way Google add features that are useful to a very small fraction of their users.
For example, the fact that I can plug N304GT into Google to lookup my glider's record in the FAA Aircraft Registration Database is cool. (The fact that the FAA is taking forever to process my paperwork and issue a paper registration certificate is not cool.)
Someone suggested that they do this because it catches the eye of the really savvy users who are otherwise hard to impress. They then say good things about Google to their less knowledgeable friends which results in a trickle-down effect that ultimately attracts more users.
For whatever reason, I summarized this process in my best possible moron/caveman voice and said something like: "Google? Google Good! Me use Google!" And everyone was quite amused by my characterization of the "typical internet user" nowadays.
But nobody disputed it.
The other funny thing was when Ray looked up at a promotional sign in the cafeteria that was advertising some not-yet-public stuff we're testing internally. He read it and asked "is that a public alpha?"
Heh. So much for secrets, huh?
In fact, the poster in question is also posted in every elevator around here too. Visitors would have trouble not seeing it.
Posted by jzawodn at May 17, 2004 03:57 PM