Here are the randomly chosen winners of the giveaway:
Hardcover book winner
Thank you all for your interest in winning a copy of What Would Google Do? I encourage all of you to purchase a copy for yourself. You will learn and benefit from the new knowledge and the inspiration. Here's a bit of advice for Jeff Jarvis – "Five steps to a Googler you"…
industries, and institutions but individuals. It brings new means and
expectations for how we can advance our careers, lifestyles, and
agendas. If we want to be Googley and take advantage of these new
opportunities, then we need to understand how Google values creation,
openness, connections, uniqueness, collaboration, and invention.
Create. The best way to be found via Google is to
make something of value and make it public: a blog, a feed of photos or
videos, a contribution to a discussion, an opinion, an application, a
product, a company.
You may protest that you’re not creative—“I’m no writer,” I hear
people say all the time. But you talk, don’t you? Think of the web as a
conversation. If you have something of interest and value to say, say
it. Others can hear you via links and Google. Your online portfolio
becomes your persona, your résumé, and your personal brand: You are
what you do, what you show, and what you say. Nothing can stop you.
To get started, go to Google’s Blogger, WordPress.com, Typepad.com, or MySpace.
It will take you—I guarantee—only minutes to publish to the world.
Share what you know and what you care about, whether that is your
profession, your hobby, your town, your taste in movies, or your pets.
Be open and generous. If you are a teacher, talk about life in the
classroom and how children learn; parents will read it. If you’re a
gardener, share your secrets. If you’re a veteran, share your memories.
If you’re a tattoo artist, show us pictures of your oeuvre. If you’re a
birdwatcher, give us a Google map
with your best spots. Everybody knows something others want to know.
Whatever draws you into the conversation will help you understand the
internet better. That’s how I did it.
If you want to stand out, specialize—think small. If as you search
for sites of interest you find a void, fill it. Maybe you’re a First
Amendment expert and you find tons of blogs about it but none about
your real specialty, free speech and comics. Grab it.
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