The Google URL Shortener and Blackberry Messenger
I was updating our website tonight, adding some video content, and looking at our feedburner feed statistics. I couldn't help but notice this strange, alien like image staring me in the face. I kept thinking to myself, where have I seen this before? Then it came to me. It was the picture of a Blackberry Messenger barcode on my computer screen. I thought to myself, does Google want me to add them as a contact? Is this a way of getting my feedburner statistics directly to my Blackberry? Why would they be showing this on my computer screen?
Curiosity got the best of me. I couldn't help myself. I pulled out my Blackberry, opened my BBM contacts, held my Blackberry up to my computer screen and invited Google to my mobile world. I wasn't sure what to expect, but before I had too long to think about it, I heard a beep from my mobile device that I haven't heard before. The question I was waiting for was right in front of me. Open this link? Yes or no. I was committed. Yes, I clicked. My browser opened, and I was taken directly to the webpage of the blog post sent out earlier that day. Honestly, I didn't know what to expect, but was not surprised when I got there. I thought, "Isn't that interesting."
So, why is Google creating a Blackberry messenger barcode from their goo.gl url shortener system and feedburner? Is this some sort of beta testing for future mobile applications? Does Matt Cutts now have my pin? Will Google now be geo-tagging every move I make and following every move I make and learning everything about me? I really don't know.
Has anyone else experienced this? What do you think they are up to? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.