Google’s user experience research program

27Sep06

Google has come out with a new scheme, where in they get the public to review/test their unreleased products. How? User Experience Research Program. Anybody across the world can participate in four levels:

  • Usability study at a Google office: Typically, you will use a Google product or prototype, and give feedback on it. You could either meet 1-on-1 with a Google researcher, or work as part of a group. Most studies are done at our HQ in Mountain View, California, but we have offices all over the world, so please feel free to sign up for this type of study even if you don’t live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Remote usability study: A Google researcher will call you while you sit at your computer, and ask you to try out a Google product or prototype via your internet connection, and give feedback on it. You can be anywhere in the world, but need to have a high-speed internet connection.
  • Field study: Google researchers will come to visit you, and interview you about how you use computers or the Web. We won’t just show up at your door – we will always check with you, and make an appointment. Again, most of our researchers are based at our HQ in Mountain View, California, but we have offices all over the world, so please feel free to sign up for this type of study even if you don’t live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Online survey: you answer questions on the web or in an email, from your own computer.

So it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, as long as you have some free time, the love for google and are above 18 years in age, you can send in your application.

The application is simply a 5 page survey (you don’t get paid for this :P). Once done, if you with the buck, they will get in touch with you. You can make as much as $75 per hour thro’ this scheme.

Faqs for the User Experience Research Program.

Registration [Hat tip Rajesh Segu!]


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6 Responses to “Google’s user experience research program”

  1. 1 Ravi

    Good to know this. Now, how do I sign up online? The FAQs link doesn’t have information either.
    Thanks in advance
    Ravi

  2. 2 Ravi

    Nevermind! I found it. Dumb me😦

  3. useful information

  4. wonderful post
    thank you dear friend very very much

  5. 5 sura

    how can i signup for the this research

  6. wow.. than you guys for great comments


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