six months since I joined Google on my birthday on January 7. It’s been an interesting, busy time for me.
Having never worked for a big company (where I define “big” as having more than 100 employees), working for Google is a lot like moving from the suburbs into a big city — I’m just constantly meeting new people and finding out about stuff I had no idea was going on.
Still, to put things in perspective, Google only has about 20,000 employees, whereas, Microsoft has nearly 100,000 and HP has a whopping 300,000. Those numbers boggle my mind, but are useful to keep in mind when Googlers call their employer a “startup”, unironically.
Speaking of big numbers, Eric Schmidt threw some big numbers around recently about the amount of data being created relative today to the sum total of all data that’s been create thus far. Essentially, since the beginning of time and 2003, five exabytes of information were created; since then, we’ve been creating something like five exabytes every two days (skip to 19:43 in this video to see the actual quote; it of course also makes sense that Google would need to rev its indexing approach to accommodate this influx of data).
With all that data, it occurred to me that I should figure out what my contribution is — not in gigabytes, but in terms of other social media metrics. And given how data-focused Google tends to be, I figured I’d focus on areas of growth.
So in the last
six months, here’s my data:
- New photos and screenshots posted to Flickr: 1,520
- Total screenshot/photo views: 733,121 (via flickrstats)
- New Google Buzz followers: 2,377 (public), 118 (internal)
- New Twitter followers: 2,556 (1, 2)
- New tweets: 1,797
- New blog posts: 13 (including this one)
- New videos: 10
- Total video loads: 68,547
- Total video plays: 3,638
- Interviews given: 7
- Talks given: 6
- Views on slidedecks: 15,296
- Emails sent from my google.com email address: 2,233
- Trips taken: 11
- Countries visited: 2
- Listened to 251 different artists
- Weekly status reports submitted: 22
- Office moves on Google campus: 3
Also, based on my Fitbit weekly averages, I’ve also walked about 1,000,000 steps over the past 152 days (though it’d be so much cooler if they hurried up and offered an API!).
So, not completely exhaustive — and some data was more elusive than other figures to track down — but there’s a snapshot of various metrics from my first
six months at Google.
I highly expect things to only increase their “up and to the right” trajectory from here on out.