Google wants to know what you think, but won’t pay you
No, this is not another privacy-related post. This is about a tool which will help Google improve their products with the help of the user. Call it a wiki, call it a forum or a crowdsourcing area or whatever you want, Google calls it Google Product Ideas.
Google is inviting us as a user to talk about their products and hopes to get new bright ideas from it. The new Google Product Ideas blog is a place for people to submit and vote on ideas for new Google products.
Google started off with Product Ideas for Google Mobile. As we speak already almost 4.000 people have registered and over a 1000 have submitted ideas and casted almost 60.000 votes. For a service which has been online this short these numbers seem big.
Google is not going to pay anyone for the ideas that are posted. In the FAQ-section it states “If you post an idea or suggestion and we put it into action, we may give you a shout out on our Product Ideas blog, but we won't be compensating users for their ideas.”. Therefore it will be interesting if many users will be wanting to submit ideas.
Since Google has left the strategy of letting employees use 20% of their time to think up new products Google has to look at different ways to get ideas. This is one of them and is supposed to save Google a lot of money.
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