I received a nice treat in the mail recently. A Happy-Winter-Solstice card from Google? Sorta. The envelope was somewhat big and said Congratulations on it. I would have tossed it if it was not from Google. I opened it and, lo and behold, it’s a window sticker stating I’m a Favorite Place on Google. How cool! And I’ve never even heard of that.
So I quickly stuck that bad boy sticker in my ‘office’ window. Keep in mind that I work from home. There was a board meeting the next morning, and the outcome was the sticker came down very shortly thereafter. I think it was up for maybe 8 hours at best that night. =)
What am I Favorite Place for? Why, “web development“, of course!
Apparently local businesses are supposed to put this sticker in their window. Then yuppies snap pics of the barcode with their cell toys to get instant information about the business. I donno… why not just go in and say hi?
Less than 1% of businesses get these. So I’m pretty psyched. The other board members are… bored members.
The list was determined based on the popularity of a business’ Local Business Center listing, as determined by how many times Google users looked for more information about a business, requested driving directions to get there, and more. Google users “decided” based on their actions, and we sent the decals.
Over 100,000 businesses were identified as Favorite Places, representing less than 1% of the 28 million U.S. businesses. We believe that our standards for selecting businesses are as selective or more selective than other companies which have run similar initiatives.