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“Employment at Google” is another potential prize.

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Hawkorhandsaw said on October 21st, 2010 at 3:14 pm

I work for an online advertising company, and this sort of thing happens all the time. You’re right that people are more likely to do this for companies they think of as “good” but really, almost any company has its fans, and a small section of them are willing to do things to support them for free.

and besides, people like seeing themselves on the internets (or in print, or hear themselves on the radio).

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Cookie McCool said on October 21st, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Well. But everybody gets a few shiny new things, right? That’s a prize and a HALF, especially if you’re… um… a crow.

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I have a prize for anyone who can identify 120 Marvel Comics characters:

http://sketchcardsaloon.wordpress.com/2010/10/21/sketchcard-sweepstakes-marvel-heroes-and-villains/

… but I ain’t no Google.

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A) Being able to annunciate anything with four marshmallows in your mouth is quite a feat, so yes it is awesome.
B) I hate attention, and I would still do this if I got a free Android for it.
C)The “open source advertising” programs often produce some of the most creative tv available. Honestly, sometimes I’d rather watch those commercials than whatever reality program or “news” happens to be playing at the time, though that’s not exactly saying a lot.

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hilzoy fangirl said on October 21st, 2010 at 11:51 pm

They’re not just advertising Google, they’re advertising themselves.

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1) Advertise self!
2) ???
3) Profit!

Remember that “Chocolate Rain” guy? How much money did he make? What about the “Leave Britney Alone” guy or the “Obama Girl”? But people still hope, and they think it’ll be the path fame and fortune (as if the two were one and the same like some sort of incestuous Siamese twins).

Occasionally you’ll have someone like Kim Kardashian who becomes an internet meme and then hits it big, but there are other factors at play there (being attractive, having a D-list famous family, knowing the right people who know the right people, and willing to be a total media whore all being good starts).

But yeah, the attention is nice.

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Gorillamist said on October 23rd, 2010 at 12:40 am

@dirge93 The chocolate rain guy and the Britney guy both made and continue to make money from making those videos.

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dirge93, the chocolate rain guy definitely had a cameo on John Stewart’s Night of Too Many Stars last night, so that’s not really a good example, considering he probably got paid out the ass for it.

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Gah, now I can never eat a Marshmallow again.. why do people f**k with stuff.

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