Techie uses cybersquatting to tempt Google

I want a job and I want it now.

Cybersquatting is not something that sounds like a fast-track to a better job, but that is precisely what a German techie decided to do in order to get noticed by search giant, Google.

It has been reported on various US blog sites that 27-year old Cologne-based Sebastian Klein decided to register a variety of Google-related domains, posting an open letter to the company in several languages making it clear that he would relinquish them only if offered a job.

The domains Klein registered include adwordsgoogle.de, docsgoogle.de, gdrivegoogle.com and translategoogle.de, which you'd assume Google would already have checked out. With apparent earnestness, he expresses particular interest in working for Google's security department.

"Hi Google, I would not like to keep these domains, earn also no money with it. I return it to you immediately free of charge. All I seek for is a job at Google," he said in his online plea. Ridiculously, he even set conditions for the job offer.

"Important for me is that I every weekend somehow come to Cologne, in order to visit my daughter. Of course, there can be exceptions, but I would not be longer than a maximum of three weeks away from Cologne. Of course money also plays a certain role. I would like to perform a lot and also be paid well. However, quite clearly I am ready to put back with the money if for it the work is great fun."

Klein appears to revel in his unorthodox use of online technology, reportedly putting his girlfriend up for auction on eBay in 2005 so as to attract employers.

Google has not so far commented on the unorthodox nature of Klein's approach. The domains now appear to be redirecting to various Google pages, suggesting Klein might have had enough of the attention he has generated for himself or simply be trying to appease the search giant.

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