Google Game

Came across this great game – Guess-the-Google.

After creating Montage-a-google, several people wrote to me suggesting I make a game based on the same technology. Montage-a-google is a simple web app that uses Google’s image search to generate a large gridded montage of images based on keywords (search terms) entered by the user. Guess-the-google reverses this process by picking the keywords for you, the player must then guess what keyword made up the image – it’s surprisingly addictive.

The reason I pass this along, in the context of “community” is that it’s yet another example of Google focusing on what’s truly important for their business. Google, correctly, is focusing on creating something so amazing that people want to create reasons to use it, well beyond the intentions originally developed.

Good for them, and good for us too. The more they focus on the core, the more that services like Blingo, or this game end up making their service a virtual requirement for all of us. I know that’s a bit counterintuitive for old school business minds, but then again – isn’t most of business these days?


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