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    Wednesday, August 08, 2007

    Google: We're In Ur Store, Mappin' Ur Stuff

    I haven't made a post about Google in a while, so imagine my surprise when I saw how you can be an independent contractor for them , especially since it's not April Fool's Day.  Requirements include the power of speech and a camera.  From the FAQ:
    1. Why should I become a Google Business Referral Representative?

      Joining the Google Local Business Referrals (LBR) program is a great way to earn some money while connecting people to the businesses in your neighborhood. The information you collect could be seen by millions of people who use Google every day. And you'll be helping the businesses you refer attract new customers while also making it easier for people in your community to find the products and services they're searching for.

    2. What will I be doing as a representative?

      As a Google Business Referral Representative, you'll visit local businesses to collect information (such as hours of operation, types of payment accepted, etc.) for Google Maps, and tell them about Google Maps and Google AdWords. You'll also take a few digital photos of the business that will appear on the Google Maps listing along with the business information.  After the visit, you submit the business' info and photo(s) to Google through your Local Business Referrals Center, and we'll pay you up to $10 for each listing that is approved by Google and verified by the business.

      All you need to be a successful Business Referral Representative is a passion for helping local businesses succeed, a love for the Internet (some knowledge of Google is great, too), and access to a computer and a digital camera.

    Say again?  Google will pay me for taking some pictures of some local businesses?
    Wow.  Where do I sign up?
    By the way, I found this via Reddit, so you'll probably never see this article again, so take some notes. 
    Seriously, I'm thinking that Google is:
    - Rich as all get out, and
    - Preparing for world domination.


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