When Google announced its plan to select at least one city in its “Fiber” initiative, city leaders across the country began to dream big and wheels started turning. How can we get Google’s attention? What would convince them to choose our city?
The result has been a influx of creative people who see the vision and potential of being selected. One city, Duluth, MN created a Remark!able video to show case the area in hopes it would go viral, and thereby catch Google’s attention. The video highlights the area’s history and undeniable charm in a way that is both professional and personable.
I first saw the video when a friend posted it on Facebook. I was impressed right away with the mesmerizing images and the approach they took to talk directly to the folks at Google. I immediately emailed it to others, posted it on my profile and shared it on Twitter. There is now a series of videos on YouTube of cities having fun with each other, each trying new and creative ideas to “win” Google’s attention. Simply search YouTube for “Google Fiber” to get a long list.
Duluth has a page called Google Fiber for the TwinPorts: It Ain’t Over ‘Til the Fiber is Installed that explains how you can help make this dream come true. There is even a Governor Pawlenty proclamation.
My pick for this Monday’s example of Remark!able social media use is the “Duluth: Portal to the World” video! Use the “Like” button to share it via Facebook. Retweet it on Twitter. After you watch the video, let me know if you envision a similar video for your town and/or business. I did!