Thursday, March 4, 2010

Trying to Woo Google: Should St. Louis Rename Itself to "Charter, Missouri, Slower and Proud Of It"?

Posted By on Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 2:55 PM

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Update: Hizzoner has listened!

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has an extra-long mini poll going out shortly, and it's all about what our fair city should -- or shouldn't do -- to woo Google and its wicked-fast fiber optic broadband service.

Formal bids are due March 26, but let's face it, the only way to win this thing is with *buzz.* Slay, a longtime blogger, prolific Twitterer and all-around I-love-me-some-new-media kinda guy, now wants to know if St. Louis should temporarily rename itself one of the following: St. Googlouis; Google; St. Fibrous; St. Louis at Gmail-Dot-Com, Charter Missouri slower and proud of it, or....something else.

Slay also wants to know what you will do to help St. Louis snatch this up. Ie., name a future child Google; design or ride in a Google parade float; email STLwantsfiber@gmail.com offering to help, or make a YouTube video for STLwantsfiber.

Time to answer the poll and put that slow broadband connection to work!

Here's our post from earlier in the week:
Come on, St. Louis, we're getting grandstanded here!

The Wall Street Journal reports that Topeka, Kansas, has temporarily renamed itself Google, Kansas, in an effort to win the hearts and minds at the real Google, which is looking for a test market for its new fiber-optic, super-fast broadband service.

Topeka's mayor issued the proclamation at a city meeting Monday night, reports the WSJ. And already, the city's official website reflects the switch.

Ta-da:

click to enlarge Google, Kansas' new-and-improved city website.
  • Google, Kansas' new-and-improved city website.

St. Louis will submit a bid for the honors, according to this here blog. But maybe we need to start thinking about painting or shrink-wrapping the Arch?    

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