Saturday, August 06, 2005

When Freakonomists met Googlers

Yes, the authors of Freakonomics, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, visited Google to give a talk, and survived to tell the tale on the Google Blog. Some snippets:

Google had passed around a few hundred copies of Freakonomics ... looking across the long rows of chairs, you could see one Googler after the next with the open book in his/her lap, as if preparing to hear a speech from Chairman Mao. It was, well, freaky. A bit like happening upon your own funeral.

...there's surely no company in the world where so many employees wear t-shirts with their company logo, which we took to be a sign of deep pride (or perhaps simply a deep discount).

In their post, the freakonomists said, "The best question of the day was, 'What would you do with our data if we could give it to you?' We've thought about that quite a bit ever since; we'll keep you posted". Now, *that* is going to be interesting.