The Free Geek

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Yet another great idea from Google Thu, 24 Nov 2005 09:11:00 +0000

Filed under: Google — Bon Goose @ 09:11:00

Google has just launched a new service called Click-toCall. When somebody does a Google search, a telephone icon is shown along side the Adwords advertisements. On clicking the the icon, Google will ask you for your number and will instantly connect you to the advertiser. That, in my opinion, is pure genius! What's more, Google has said that they will foot the bills themselves for all the calls. The number shown on the customer's phone number is that of the advertiser but at the advertiser's end, the customer's number won't be shown, just to protect the customer's privacy. Now Google has yet another way to lure in adversiters, and I guess nobody has done something like that, ever. It's absolutely awesome. They also appear to have an acceptable privacy policy.
On the flip side though, it can give rise to a lot of prank calls made by people to various companies. I hope Google has a way to circumvent this.

I tried to get the phone icon by searching for IBM, Mircosoft and other big companies, but in vain (I especially wanted to screw some Microsoft people ;)). Some screenshots are available here.

UPDATE: It got Slashdotted!