Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Google and Ghana is a match-made in vim-heaven

Hopefully, you know this already, but Google is doing stuff in Ghana. Last year, they organized their first conference there called G-Ghana. If you missed it, not to worry, I blogged about it. Click here. I wasn't even there, but with Twitter and hashtags like #gghana, who said I needed to be? 2011's G-Ghana is coming up soon. Before I give you details, let me give you a few reasons why you should attend it.

At least you know that there is www.google.com.gh. Yeap, Google's Ghana version. Tired of Ghanaweb? Try out http://news.google.com.gh. Google's Ghana homepage also offers search in Twi, Ewe, Ga and Hausa. And on March 6th, it celebrated Ghana's 54th by adorning the google.com doodle in Kente



Looking for directions from Auntie Muni Waakye in Labone to Katawodieso in Osu because the former run out of waakye? Map it in Google. I be fienipa like that, I dey love nududu.

For those in Ghana who use GMAIL, you can use it to text messages to local phone numbers in Ghana. A friend who lives in Accra told me he hardly sends text messages anymore because he can just gchat with all those in Ghana he wants to text. Yes boss! 233Tech, one of the best Tech sites in Ghana, will tell you all about this awesome move by Google Ghana.

Baraza, which means ‘taskforce’ or ‘council’ in Swahili, is a question and answer service that will also be integrated into search results on Google Search. If you have any questions about Africa, go and ask it through Baraza. If you've been wondering something go find the answer there as well. Access it through www.google.com.gh/baraza. More info here

Google Trader launched in Ghana on Thursday December 2nd, 2010 with 5 flash mobs of 100 dancers performing across Accra. Google Trader is a classifieds service that allows people to buy and sell products and services, on Web, Mobile Web and SMS. Have you seen the flash mobs video? One of the best made-in-Ghana videos on Youtube. Google goes hard and local.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUtsguaGjbY

Read this post about it by one of Ghana's best bloggers, Maameous.
Sebi you want buy, abi you want sell eh? Google Trader!

And then of course, they've been sponsorsing Barcamps and many forward-thinking events in Ghana. Google, we salute you. More VIM!

Oh wait, yea, G-Ghana. Them say Edey happen April 28-29 at Alisa Hotel. Them say register for http://sitescontent.google.com/gghana2011/. Them also say
We at Google are excited to meet with Ghana's software developers, tech businesses and digital marketeers. With a successful G-Ghana 2010, we look forward to demonstrating the Google web and mobile tools that are driving technological and business innovation here in Africa and across the globe.
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