Are you one of those people who take product research surveys and potentially test cool things out before the general public can? What if I told you Google was looking for someone like you, and that signing up for a chance to be in the research process for one of these products took just a few minutes. If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, read on!
Here’s the skinny: Google’s looking for people — regular people, like you and me — to be surveyed from time to time on various developments. It could be some new app, a new design for one of their websites, and even a prototype of a new device to test out in the flesh. The goal is to get opinions from common consumers to help shape a better product for the future (your typical study group-esque setup, if you’re familiar with that sort of thing).
You’ll be able to provide input and give the team feedback to help aide them in development of these various things, and you’ll be able to do it no matter where you are. From Google’s FAQ:
- Usability study at a Google office: for those that live local to one of our offices. Typically, you’ll come visit us and meet 1-on-1 with a Google researcher. They’ll ask you some questions, have you use a product, and then gather your feedback on it. The product could be something you’re rather familiar with or some never-before-seen prototype.
- Remote usability study: Rather than have you visit our offices, a Google researcher will harness the power of the Internet to conduct the study. Basically, they’ll call you on the phone and set up a screen sharing session with you on your own computer. You can be almost anywhere in the world, but need to have a high-speed Internet connection.
- Field study: Google researchers hit the road and come visit you. We won’t just show up at your door though – we’ll always check in with you first, talk to you about the details of the study and make a proper appointment.
That all sounds great, but you should know that signing up to be in on a process like this doesn’t guarantee Google will ever contact you. Still, it’s worth a shot if you’re the type of person who likes to give input on product development before the general public. Be sure to take care of that over at Google’s website if you’re interested.