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Friday, August 17, 2007

Videos: Googley Blues, and Google Reseller Team

Video 1: The Googley Blues

This video, which looks like it’s made by a Google employee, was apparently part of the Google Idol 2007 contest, whatever that was (does anyone know?). Not to be confused with the recent Google Intern Talent Show, “held in the main cafe, with an audience of 200. Ten performances ranged from singing to piano to rapping to short films,” as Google’s Niniane Wang explains.

Update: As Ludwik points out in the comments, a part of the song says, “I’ve been ready to launch my product since 2002 ... At least round here 5 years ain’t so long overdue.” During that last bit of the lyrics, the icon of Google’s internal Gdrive (aka Platypus) tool is displayed, suggesting that perhaps Gdrive has been in development for that time. (Note Platypus is an existing internal tool; we don’t know whether it was ever intended for public release. The lyrics may also be simply a hoax.)

Update 2: The YouTube video is now marked as private, and above embedding stopped working. I made screenshots of the Gdrive/ Platypus mentions while it was still public. [Thanks Marcin!]

Video 2: The Google China Reseller Team

This was an internal Google China team video that leaked to the outside (not to the delight of all of Google management, I heard). It opens with the line, “Good evening everybody. Today is February 8th, December 12th going by the moon calendar. Welcome to Google News Tonight...”

[Hat tip to Haochi!]


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