These are some of my favorite photos from the Tuesday's Morning with Google+ Event.
Just last week, I was talking with my friend about how Google engage their users. We talked about how Google always try to get some kind of involvement from its users in many different ways. Just this year, I've been part of Google Local events, workshops, tech talks, and of course the Glass Explorer program (which is completely different level of experience itself).
And now this.
The event itself was pretty secretive. I was invited because I was part of the Google Local Expert program. Some (if not most) were invited because they are involved with Google+ Photos. We were told not to tell anyone about the event, and they purposely use a venue a bit far from the crowd to make sure nobody crashed the event.
The event was divided into two parts. The morning was for the announcement of new features of Google+, lead by +Vic Gundotra
, and the evening was for the after party. There were quite a few people from media in the audience during the morning event. The rest are invited guests, and of course Googlers.
While we were waiting to be let in for the evening event, we saw a big bus dropping passengers wearing Google badges. We just assumed this would be some kind of an appreciation party for the employees working on the G+ team, while at the same time giving opportunities for guests to mingle with them.
That was exactly the case. Guests were able to mingle with many Googlers working on the G+ team casually, congratulate them on the new features, and also give some feedback of what we want to see for the next release.
From my conversation with some of the employees, it's clearly shown that they really love and care about what they do. One example - +Vincent Mo
from the Google+ Photos team told us how almost everybody on the Photos team are photographers. That's why they want to make the photo tools to be as good as possible, because they want to use it for their photos too!
They also appreciate users that help them grow. Photographers have been utilizing G+ for displaying their beautiful photos since beta days, and it's clearly shown. You can see that the venue was filled with beautiful photos, all taken by active photographers in G+. Every attendees were given a small booklet containing all photos from the exhibit. The book also includes the story from each photos, and it was really enjoyable to read every one of them.
You don't see these kind of engagements from other companies. That's all I can say.