Silicon Valley tech blogger and startup consultant Louis Gray is turning his passion for Google’s products and services into a career. Google was smart enough to offer Gray an opportunity to be an evangelist for Google+. He has accepted the position of Product Marketing Manager on the Google+ team, an evangelist role involving the promotion of Google’s new Social Media Network and Facebook competitor, Google+….Great Choice Google…Congratulations Louis
Like a lot of next generation media and technology companies his role is loosely defined, but will involve working with Google+ engineers to improve the product, determining future goals and objectives for Google+ and of course doing what he does best, promoting the social network whenever and wherever possible. He no doubt will be asked to speak and blog about Google+ at events and trade shows.
The job was custom-built for Gray, who has been covering Google’s technology and innovations, among other things, on his personal blog for quite some time. But Gray is not your typical Google “fanboy,” it should be noted. In fact, not too many months ago, one could have accused him of being in Apple’s camp instead. Clearly Gray has a history of promoting leading cutting edge networks and products from leading Silicon Valley companies.
Sometime in 2009, however, his Apple devotion began to waver. Gray began to feel Google’s pull, and openly wondered if he, a self-described “Mac guy,” would be “going Google” in the near future.
“Google is growing on me in a big way, and they are the real alternative [to Apple] – something Microsoft never really was,” he wrote on his blog.
Soon thereafter, Gray traded in his iPhone for an Android device. And by year-end, he was happily promoting Android as worthy iPhone competitor, saying it could now go “feature by feature against iPhone,” making smartphone choice a matter of personal preference. But even as he typed away on his Google Chrome CR-48 review unit (the demo hardware featuring Google’s cloud-based Chrome operating system), he still found himself purchasing Apple products, like the iPad, Apple TV and MacBook Air.
These days, though, you’re more likely to find him using Chrome OS, Android phones and tablets, posting on Google+…oh, and collecting these cute Android figures.
Speaking of those Android figures, Google, you heard it here at GrapevineStar first, you should immediately begin development of products and storylines that can be included as part of a major licensing effort. GrapevineStar Brands has some great sketches and ideas ready to show.