I stumbled into Adam Lasnik in Harvest Coop in Central Square in Cambridge, Mass. last night on my way to Google’s first official Boston Meetup and asked him if he knew where Enormous Room might. I knew I was in the right general spot but hadn’t been there in a while. Plus, his fleece read “Google” on it.
I think asking Adam where something was may actually count as “googling” something in person.
And, true to his role as Google’s Search Evangelist, Adam was quite helpful.
I walked over and up to Enormous Room with him as his two other Google compatriots finished a snack.
Since I followed him, that may count as using a human version of Google Maps.
After a snagged a tasty “Blue Bear” at the bar, I started circulating and meeting the crowd of local entrepreneurs, webmasters, analysts, marketers, writers, IT pros and other Cambridge tech mavens. Good times.
Eventually, the Google organizer for the event, Nate Tyler, welcomed the packed room to the evening and then turned it over to Adam. He took questions submitted online using Google’s own moderator tool. (See all the archived questions here). Adam mentioned that Google itself uses the tool every Friday to collect questions internally. Great insight into corporate culture.
I tweeted the following posts during the presentation:
- More Q&A here at the @Google tweetup. Q: How is PageRank calculated? A: 42 | #gmupbos
- More Q&A at @Google tweetup. News: Chrome for Mac & Linux is coming. Dedicated teams working to customize look & feel | #gmupbos
- More Q&A @Google tweetup. FriendConnect team is up. Just launched REST & .js API | “Trying to do something entirely dif than FB” | #gmupbos
- More Q&A @Google tweetup. Guess what? They’re hiring. Http://google.com/jobs | “Resumes read by people, not algorithms” | #gmupbos
- Google #Webmaster time a@Google tweetup | http://Google.com/webmasters is crucial but they highly recommend @Yahoo & MSFT tools as well | #gmupbos
When the Q&A ended, the Google guys unexpected asked “Who is digiphile?” and noted I’d been busy on Twitter. They offered me a t-shirt or a mug. I went with the latter (above.
I met many new people, caught up with the local social media crowd that had traveled out west at SXSW in Austin and generally enjoyed the turnout.
Tom Lewis (@tomdog) was on-hand recording videos. He and I have been following one another on Twitter for many months but this was our first meetup “IRL” (in real life) — always satisfying to put a face to a name.
Tom recorded the following video from the event:
Bostonist @ Boston's First Official Google Meetup from Tom Lewis on Vimeo.
Note to self: As I mentioned to him earlier today, I need to remove the word “value” from my personal spoken lexicon and look into the lens more. The light on the HD video camera he brought was, unfortunately, bright enough to make that uncomfortable.
Tom blogged about the Google Meetup much more extensively at Bostonist:
Bostonist @ Google’s Boston Meetup