Google Gives GoGo Juice while Flying to New York City

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Google Gives Great GoGo Juice as a gift, and they're doing it on Virgin American Airlines

This will be my first post ever from a plane flying at an altitude of over 37,225 feet.  I just couldn't resist.  My options were to either sleep on the 5 hour flight to New York, finish reading "Crush It" by Gary V, or write a blog post. Well, here I am. lol~  I'm actually hoping that in the next five hours, I can accomplish a little bit of all three.  :-)

It was a really cool thing to arrive at the Virgin American Air gate this morning to see that they had Wi-Fi available for all us passengers.  Then I was greeted with a handshake and a smile from one of the Virgin Air employees at the front desk, followed by seeing my name in lights on the "BIG" board.  Wow, I have to say I got pretty excited, and was very impressed with their unique great customer service.  I really appreciated that warm and fun reception.

I can tell already this is going to be a great trip to RainCamp and Inman Connect!

    

First thing after boarding the plane, I run into Derek Overby and Mike Mueller, both nearly as excited as I am to get to New York. (Actually, Mike Mueller is behind me sleeping right now, but I know he's excited).  I just sent him an IM using this new "seat to seat chat" they have on board, but looks like Mikes getting his zzzzz's instead right now...

I digress.  So how cool is this that I am writing this post from seat 18D aboard a flying aircraft.  I have written many Blog posts and from "many" different places, but never while flying on a plane.  Here I was thinking and dreading the worst of a long 5 hour+ flight from the West to East Coast.  I sure am glad that Google has a hot thing going on with Virgin...wait...that doesn't sound quite right, but I think you know what I mean right?  FREE WiFi on a plane, Man I just love that they've finally able and doing this.

Now I'm spoiled, I will never want to fly without Internet Access again.  Google, please keep your "GoGo" coming, and provide it on all airlines, not just Virgin's.   You've got my vote, it sure is making the time and flight go faster, and it's much more enjoyable knowing my email is not getting backed up over the next few hours.  Thanks to Virgin Air and Google for bringing me my "first ever" Airborne Blogging experience.  I'll probably want to travel a lot more now and you both know where I'll "GoGo" when it comes time to "FLY!"

 

Looking forward to landing in New York in a few hours, and I'm really excited about being a part of both Inman Connect and RainCamp this year. I hope I'll get to see you at either one or both.  ...and I still can't believe I'm writing this while flying on a plane. :-))

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Rainmaker
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Jen Bowman
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Delta has wi fi too. I use their promo code deltatrygogo and it has worked for me the last 3 times I flew. It's a great way to kill time on long flights.  Looking forward to hearing about Raincamp!

Jan 13, 2010 01:12 PM #49
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LOL at the airline signs! Now don't let it go to your head =P  And I love the internet on the plane! That is so awesome! I'm just wondering how much more it costs for that service. I "price shop" my airline travels.  =/

Jan 13, 2010 04:19 PM #50
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Ray Saenz
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Brad,
Google is doing a lot of interesting stuff :) specially with the Android Market, I'm a google fan now ! :P

Jan 13, 2010 06:23 PM #51
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Ray - nothing wrong with that! :-)  Hey, where ya been?  It's been a long while since we chatted, hope all is going well.

Jan 13, 2010 06:48 PM #52
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Barbara Jenness
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Brad, That is so cool. Having read Mike's comment that Virgin has Wi-Fi all the time, it's just that now it is free (until tomorrow), I wish for a couple of things

1) Virgin services Jacksonville (how's that for a headline?)
2) Wi-Fi should (yes, it's a basic need---not a want!) be available for free on all airlines

 

 

Jan 14, 2010 02:46 AM #53
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Hi Brad..Can you imagine Todd not being able to Blog for 8 Hours..that might be scary:O))

Jan 14, 2010 12:58 PM #54
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I have never flown Virgin American and now I have a feel for what I am missing!!!

Jan 15, 2010 04:43 AM #55
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Sheldon Neal
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Sir Andersohn ! I still cant believe Virgin did this !! Totally cool indeed !

And again, it was a real pleasure to hang out again at RainCamp ! You have such a great charisma, and just know how to get people motivated !

Cheers my man !

...until the next time :o)

Sheldon

Jan 15, 2010 03:42 PM #56
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Sheldon - the pleasure and privilege was all mine. Thanks for being a part of our "Blogging Panel" and for hanging out with us at the VIP Luncheon. Your contributions and company are what make the events the most memorable.  Looking forward to that next time we meet again my friend.  Cheers to you and to a fantastic 2010! :-)

Jan 16, 2010 04:46 AM #57
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Very cool Brad! I have always wanted to blog on a plane but have never been able to.

Jan 16, 2010 07:58 AM #58
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Hi Brad!  Well, I can't believe that I missed this one--what a fantastic job with customer service Virgin does, huh?!  Glad you captured that shot!  I guess you'll just have to fly Virgin everywhere you go from now on!

Jan 17, 2010 06:55 AM #60
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Leslie Helm
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Poor people in the paperback industry!

I always hated having to turn off all electronic devices prior to takeoff. This is a great way to keep passengers occupied, quiet and content....I'll bet the cabin crews love it, too!

Jan 18, 2010 12:49 AM #61
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Kent Simpson
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Richard Branson & Google have always been leaders & innovators - why am I not surprised that they teamed up on GoGo?  The next frontier, Brad is to blog from orbit - which you will soon be able to do, courtesy of...Virgin Galactic.  Wonder if Branson & the G-crew will team up on that venture?  Something tells me it isn't too far off!

Let me know when you want to visit the facility - I'll be glad to be your area tour guide since I grew up nearby (and will soon be licensed in NM too).

Jan 19, 2010 07:37 AM #62
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Kent - thanks for the link to Virgin Galactic, and yes, I will be the first to post on AR from outer space!  lol~  :-)

Jan 19, 2010 08:03 AM #63
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With all of the airlines ancillary charges these days, it would be great to offer wifi free!

Jan 21, 2010 10:20 PM #64
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Marjorie - I totally agree.  Fat chance unfortunately.

Jan 21, 2010 10:33 PM #65
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Sounds like a lot of fun!

Jan 23, 2010 10:28 AM #66
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THats about the cool-est thing since sliced bread!

Wouldnt it be fun to just BLOG about all the places we blog From....

I think there could be some humour in that!

lol

Jan 25, 2010 01:21 AM #67
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Brad, this is a cool onboard post. How did you take and insert the photos while on the plane? I am drawing a blank. You would not have taken a camera and cord. What steps and products did you use?

Feb 04, 2010 10:04 PM #68
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Cheryl - I don't leave home (or go on a plane) without my camera and my iPhone.  I shot these pictures using both, emailed the photos to me from my iPhone, connected my camera to my laptop, then uploaded the photos to this post. 

Remember, I had 5 hours to kill. lol~  Piece of cake.  :-))

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