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What is Googleyness?

So what is Googleyness? A term that was created to describe Googlers. Then what a typical googler looks like? So I searched it on Google and I found the picture below.


In order to get a better understanding of Googleyness, I recently contacted a couple of my friends who worked at Google. According to them, there is no single definition of Googleyness. For example, my Google engineer friend told me, what distinguishes Google from other tech giants is that, at work, everyone writes code very fast, and they are always willing to help each other. Whereas my Google UX designer friend told me that Googleyness is about understanding users, and being innovative to create products for billions of users.

Their answers got me more excited about Googleyness, so I did a quick analysis of Googleyness using Natural Language Processing. The top five distinctive words associated with Googleyness that I found after scraping first 50 snippets of Google’s search result on Googleyness include the Intellectual, Candid, Humility, Creative and Fun. Below I give my understanding of those top five words:

  • Intellectual: Everyone must have the role-related knowledge, or ability to learn role-related knowledge quickly. More importantly, it is about the ability to figure things out by finding simple processes that help work through problems from multiple dimensions and perspectives.
  • Candid: Miscommunication is usually one of the root causes of an inefficient team. You must be honest about your ideas, reasonings, and methods so that people can not only understand your projects but also know what actions and influences they can have on your projects. In addition, creative contribution needs candid discussions and inputs.
  • Humility: You should realize that the more you learn from work (or life), the more you know you don’t know. So don’t let the title, years of experience, or major expertise block your eyes, you should be open to admit what you know and what you don’t know. And embrace comments, doubts, criticism.
  • Creative: Sometimes people do not know what their need for a product until it comes out, for example, VR. As technology becomes more and more advanced, and the Google can better understand users, Googlers should create something that can not only help people live, but also enjoy their life.
  • Fun: Working at Google is almost equal to working for billions of people in the world. It is a long road to achieve their ultimate goal. So it is important to have fun along the way!


Please let me know what you think about Googleyness.

Data: Google Spreadsheet

Code: GitHub




A Hurdle

The first week of school, to be veracious, I am not exhilarated as I expected before. As the only Asian in all of my classes, I feel consider myself as a 100% alien. More importantly, it was also because most of them knew each other from PREREQUISITE courses while I jump to 400/500 level class.

So I understand why some of them can talk to everyone else around them except me. But when you are in a discussion group where people talk to each other and focus on their words, but never look at you with their eyes. At that time, my feelings are ineffable. I recognize it is ineluctable in my other high-level classes. Sometimes it makes me feel inept to fit in this group. it puts me in a pensive mood: why this happens? I don’t want to simply call the reason”Prejudice”.

In my opinion, there are some reasons behind it. First of all, their stereotypes toward Asians engender their impressions on Asian. Secondly (more important factor I hope), most of the people prefer to talk with someone that has a similar background as them, which make their conversation easier. But unfortunately, they learn less because people they talk with already have a similar mindset (somewhat they conform to their thought pattern). Furthermore, people intend to parry embarrassing themselves and international students. Because there are cultural differences among countries, they are not sure what is appropriate to ask that will not offend international students. Last but not least, it is all about actions and reactions, that is, if international students are taciturn at the beginning of the class, people no matter where they are from will give a tepid response to the international students because they assume international students don’t want to talk. So it is hard for both international students and the local students to find a way breaking the iceberg.

My own idea to overcome this hindrance is not to let others shackle or lead you. If you want to earn a friendship with local students, then introduce yourself first and make people pay attention to your ideas, not your accents!