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posted on July 28, 2006 at 3:36 pm
Wow. I sure wouldn’t mind a Google luncheon (or job) right now. My stomach is jealous of your stomach.
I’ll be honest: eBay’s Google Ads always strike me as a bit silly. I realise what they do (take the search term and put it into the ad) and why they do it (too many different types of items to create individual ads for each category), but the ads very often lead to a search page with zero results. Since eBay is such a huge Google advertiser (seems like they must be paying millions and millions per year) I’d have thought that they would try to prevent this scenario, somehow.
A snapshot of eBay’s database could be indexed into a list of the terms that should display eBay ads, for example. If a term occurs more than a couple of times in the database at any one point in time, it is probably a recurring item.
posted on July 28, 2006 at 11:04 pm
Ya know, in the USA, google is ranked one of the top companies Uni students want to work for…
Our ads are all automated into doing a flat search on eBay based on the query. Ideally, if there are < XX number of listings on eBay, our site would 'know' and show something else instead. Stay tuned for that :)
posted on July 29, 2006 at 1:01 am
In the USA? I thought that was currently a worldwide thing. They have a very attractive culture. I know they pay a bit below the industry standard, but I wouldn’t mind that.
posted on July 29, 2006 at 7:19 am
I think it was just USA… but yeah, worldwide as well probably won’t be surprising. eBay’s culture is pretty much identical, that’s why I like it so much 😛
posted on July 29, 2006 at 8:06 am
Does eBay do the 20% time thing, as well? I think that’s what I’d like most about Google’s culture, but the interesting problems, food, and casual atmosphere would also appeal to me.
posted on July 29, 2006 at 3:11 pm
Errr I don’t know what the 20% time is… but yeah, culture/work wise, the 2 cmpanies are really similar. Dot com companies tend to have a v different atmosphere to ‘regular’ companies.. I love the former so much more!
posted on July 30, 2006 at 3:31 pm
20% time refers to the one day each week where Google employees are allowed to devote their time to a project of their choice. I’ve heard that many of Google’s products were born as a result of allowing their employees to have pet projects. I think it’s one of the most clever decisions that Google has made.
posted on July 30, 2006 at 3:47 pm
Along with “pet” projects, Google allows pets at the office, I think. They are going to be opening up a facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan (Close to the University of Michigan) in the next year or so and that’s pretty much the only reason I know….The perks are insane and endless!
posted on July 30, 2006 at 9:29 pm
Yeah, when I visited the Googleplex, they were allowed pets in the office – too cool 🙂
posted on July 30, 2006 at 9:41 pm
I would love to bring my dog to work, but I’m not sure I’d get much done. 🙂
posted on July 29, 2006 at 4:24 am
what? no pics? awe…
posted on July 29, 2006 at 7:17 am
Was too busy yakking away to take pics – d’oh!!
posted on July 29, 2006 at 1:53 pm
I was scrolling up and down for pics the moment I read the tile of this entry, alas… no pics! =/
posted on July 29, 2006 at 3:12 pm
I knoooow! Wish I took some. Will have to try and just remember what the dishes looked like now 😛
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