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The Google Open Source Blog, YouTube channel and social media are our online voice in the community. We post on a variety of open source topics:

  • new open source releases by Google, including 20% projects
  • notable new features or releases of our existing open source projects
  • updates on student programs we run
  • news about upcoming conferences we’re attending or speaking at
  • write-ups of events and talks hosted at Google
  • guest posts from Open Source Peer Bonus winners and student program participants

Working With Us

We invite all Googlers to author a post for our blog when they have relevant updates to share with our community. We’re proud that Google shares so much code with the community, so we especially want to post your announcements of new open source releases.

Here are a couple ways we can help:

  • Promote your new open source release, or major new features of an existing project, on our blog, social media, and project directory.
  • Host your videos, such as demos or presentations, on our YouTube channel.

Below you’ll find a summary of the processes. You can find detailed information and checklists at go/opensource-media-process. All submissions go through the form at go/opensource-media-submission.

Blog Posts and Social Media

If your post is about a new open source release, please add your project to the Open Source Project Directory.

  1. Prepare your post by copying go/opensource-blog-template and drafting your content. If your request doesn’t involve a blog post, you can use go/opensource-social-template. Make sure you’ve turned on edit access for other Googlers.
  2. Submit your request using the form at go/opensource-media-submission. We need one week notice for the Google Open Source Blog, and two weeks notice to simultaneously cross-post to other Google blogs.
  3. Together we’ll refine your draft and work toward legal/PR approval. We’ll leave comments if we have questions or substantial edits and suggestions. Only resolve a comment after taking action to address it.
  4. We’ll publish the post as close to the requested date as possible and send you all the related links.

Video Hosting

If your video includes people speaking, get it captioned via go/getcaptions before submitting your request.

  1. Prepare your submission by copying go/opensource-video-template and drafting metadata, including titles, descriptions, and tags. Make sure you’ve turned on edit access for other Googlers.
  2. Upload your videos to a Google Drive folder, including thumbnails and captions if needed. Make sure you’ve turned on view access for other Googlers.
  3. Submit your request using the form at go/opensource-media-submission. We need one week to edit copy and wrangle legal/PR approval.
  4. Together we’ll refine your submission and work toward legal/PR approval. We’ll leave comments if we have questions or substantial edits and suggestions. Only resolve a comment after taking action to address it.
  5. We’ll publish the video or playlist of videos as quickly as possible and send you all the related links.

Reporting

We can provide information about the performance of a given post one week and one month after publication. This might include traffic, social media, and press. Please let us know if you’d like this when you submit your request.

Writing Guidelines

Every post should adhere to the style guide at go/opensource-styleguide. Here are a few quick tips:

  • posts should be short, to the point, and informative
  • blog posts should be between 500-1,000 words
  • write for a general technical audience and include links to external sites that contain additional details
  • every blog and social media post should include at least one image
  • don’t hyphenate or capitalize open source

Permissions

Always give proper attribution to content we didn’t create ourselves, generally as a caption. We can only use images and videos in our blog posts if we have the legal right to use them. That means at least one of these must be met:

  • we created it ourselves (it’s owned by Google)
  • it’s under a Creative Commons license that does not restrict commercial use
  • we have written permission from the copyright holder to use it in this way

and:

  • we have permission from everyone in the picture to post their image

If anyone is named in the blog post, we need their written consent. When seeking consent, ask if they want their name linked to a social media profile (no personal or professional websites). We need a special release form signed if the person is a minor.

Channels

  • Google Open Source
    • Blog
    • Twitter
    • Google+
    • Facebook
    • YouTube
  • Student Programs
    • Google Summer of Code on Twitter and Google+
    • Google Code-in on Google+

Internal Request

Are you a member of the Open Source Programs Office? You can submit a post or request a post be drafted for you at go/opensource-media-internalsubmission.

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