Conan Oâ€™Brien was here at Google last week. In his opening remarks, he said,
You call yourself â€™Googlersâ€™? Is that it? Letâ€™s address that. We can do better than â€˜Googlerâ€™. Ok. We need something cooler. Especially for the guys when they walk into a bar. â€˜Iâ€™m-a-Iâ€™m-a Gooooglgllgleeerâ€™ [you have to Conanâ€™s voice]
Conan is right. â€œGooglerâ€ is a goofy nickname.
Microsoft does it too. Inside of Microsoft, they call each other â€œMicrosoftiesâ€, or sometimes just â€œsoftiesâ€.
What is it with tech companies needing diminutive, feminine, metro-sexual identities? Is it part of being in some sort of cult? I guess every successful group has to identify themselves somehow.
Conan did offer some suggestions (you can hear them in the video). They werenâ€™t very good either.
Anyway, from this point forward, Iâ€™m not a Googler anymore. I still work at Google, but â€œGooglerâ€ is gone from my vocabulary. Thanks Conan!