6 Months ago some Googlers from the South African office popped in to do a presentation about the amazing products and services they offer to agencies like Quirk.
This was my first opportunity to meet with South African Google’s and as those of you who read this blog know, Your Web AddiCT is a Google Fan. A Google Fan I am. Could i have an eco-friendly car and a Gphone in my hand?
After hearing Graeme Lipschitz (Chief Strategist, Google SA) and Peter Brooke-Summer (Account Manager Google ZA), do their bits in the QuirkStation presentation I immediately went up to introduce myself.
“Hi, I’m Rafiq,” smiling/honoured/fanboy reached out to shake their hands. What happened next blew me away. The 2 word answer received from some of the South African Googlers caught me by surprise.
What was that 2word answer? – “We know!” You’re probably thinking that the South African Googlers know me cos we were on Carte Blanche, wrong.
Shortly after Tyler Reed‘s name also got mentioned as one of the young ones. Hmmm… Tyler Reed wasn’t on Carte Blanche was he?
In true Web AddiCT style I turned to, you guessed it, google.co.za and Googled for the term ‘Google South Africa’ (pages from South Africa) and whos names appear in the first 5 results?
- Vinny Lingham (who you’ve met on Web AddiCT(s); before) with his post about Google opening a South African office.
- Tyler Reed‘s thoughtleader post entitled Google SA: set to rule.
- and last but not least: me, myself and I: Rafiq Phillips asking where Google South Africa offices are going to be.
Now, if SERPs were like the premier league fixtures, those SERPs would be it. Top Talent with a proven track record. Not just some ‘smart kid’ hopping onto trends, blatantly copying everyone else and giving it away as their own. Yes, I have proof 🙂 Wanna see it?
With that I’d like to welcome Google Africa to the South African blogosphere 🙂