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“I’m 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010″
That was the first official tweet from Google’s official Twitter account today. The second tweet announced the launch of its App Status Dashboard, which we just covered. This looks to be another move in the direction of transparency and communication from the Googleplex, which is always a good thing.
Slowly but surely, various arms of Google have been joining Twitter over the past few months. The first was YouTube, I believe. Run by “A Googler,” the same handle it uses often on blog posts, this official account promises “News and updates from Google.”
I just wonder if Google will join in the bitch-fest the next time Gmail goes down. That might cause the Internet to collapse on itself. And if Twitter goes down, will Google move over to FriendFeed (a company started by ex-Googlers) to complain about it?
Update: A knowledgeable birdie named Gabe Rivera (founder of Techmeme) messaged me that if you run the following command: perl -e ‘print chr(0b01100110);’, etc, for all the binary parts, you get “F E E L I N G L U C K Y.” (Or you can look it up the old fashioned way here.) Get it? Cute, Google, cute.
Update 2: Well that didn’t take long, there’s already an anti-Google Twitter account, too.
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