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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Rumor: Project 10^100 news within a month

Yesterday morning, Tom Krazit of CNET announced that Google will release a Project 10^100 update "within a month". According to Krazit, Jamie Wood, a Google spokesman, said "We received over 150,000 ideas from users which far surpassed our expectations. We've never managed a project like this and it's taken much more time than we imagined to judge and sort through the ideas."

Krazit also noted that Google's 11th anniversary is within that timeframe. According to Wikipedia, Google was incorporated September 4, 1998. I think September 4 is the earliest date we could hear the announcement.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

A Googler's take on the Project 10^100 delay

I asked the opinion of the Google Blogoscoped forum about Project 10^100 Now and participated in an interesting discussion. It appears that most people are satisfied with Mayer's "this fall" comment and the current schedule for Project 10^100.

However, I also received some good news from the Google employee JohnMu. Apparently, Google employees from across the company came together to sort entries for Project 10^100. My mental picture of twenty taking an hour a day to evaluate proposals was completely off the mark.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Progress Report: We need your help!

Project 10100 Now is in trouble. The website and Twitter campaign have failed to generate enough exposure to elicit a response from Google. The web traffic spiked on the first day to 250 people and dropped precipitously after that. Yesterday, only 20 people visited the site. We need a major boost to reach critical mass.

If this project is going to succeed, you must help. First of all, we need you to ask your favorite tech blogs to write about us. If you look around most tech blogs, you'll find an email address or contact form for submitting tips. If you don't know of any tech blogs, you can pester Engadget, Mashable, Ars Technica, and Google Blogoscoped. We also need you to promote Project 10100 Now through social media like Digg, Slashdot, and Delicious. You can do that easily with the "share" link at the bottom of the site or in the sidebar of this blog.

Please don't limit yourself to the promotion methods I've mentioned here. If you can think of an off-the-wall campaign or a crazy publicity stunt, we'd be glad to hear it. Of course, the project could also be saved by a polite letter to a local news station or a flyer on a college bulletin board. We need any help you can provide; one person could be the difference between failure and success.