While I was at SES last week in San Jose,I along with Bill Slawski and Kim Krause Berg had a very unique opportunity to get a tour of Google. Our wonderful and gracious tour guide was none other than Avinash Kaushick, who's famous for his great analytics blog Occam's Razor and he new book Web Analytics: An Hour A Day.
Kim did a great write up of our time there called: Another Side of Google, but I wanted to add a bit of my view of the tour.
First we got a ride up to Google from Keri Morgret from Morgret Designs, and she played tour guide on our way there. Pointing out Yahoo's buildings, Microsoft's, and all the other landmarks and important players in the industry. For those of you who don't know, Keri's the person that won the Bruce Clay contest that invited people to enter by helping a non-profit agency with their Search Optimization.
After Keri dropped Kim, Bill and I off, it was on to building 41 to meet with Avinash. We were greeted by probably the most friendly security guards I've ever encountered, who graciously pointed us confused visitors in the right direction. The Google campus, during the day, looks a lot different than it does at the dance!
Amazingly it was hard to even tell that Google Dance 2007 was even held there the night before, very little signs of the festivities remained. All of the regular Google lunch tables with umbrellas were back in their normal locations, gone were the dunk tanks, milk shake stands, food tents and pool tables (and thankfully karaoke stations). I think Google must have employed hundreds of people to manage the transformation.