A Brief Tour of Google's Master Plan in Pictures

Google plans to buy Mars, acquire NASA and index all the sheep in the universe.Those to-do items are all part of the the most entertaining part of Google's offices: the whiteboard. Googlers have long held a tradition of mapping out plans, both real and imagined, on whiteboards on their office

Google plans to buy Mars, acquire NASA and index all the sheep in the universe.
Those to-do items are all part of the the most entertaining part of Google's offices: the whiteboard.
Googlers have long held a tradition of mapping out plans, both real and imagined, on whiteboards on their office walls. Throughout the year Googlers doodle on the board, and it accretes a fabulous array of product ideas that are truly Pynchon-esque in their scope: develop levitation, create a child care kinderplex, remake Babylon 5. And then, according to my guide during a recent Googleplex Manhattan tour, the whiteboards are ceremoniously erased once every 365 days and the process begins again.
The largest of these whiteboards is in Mountain View. A complete, zoomable map of that board, which was apparently erased a few months ago, is viewable here. You can check out all photos tagged Google and whiteboard on Flickr, and there's a non-zoomable version of the long whiteboard here. Phil Lenssen transcribed Google's plans here. When I was in the Gotham Googleplex earlier this year, I snapped this shot of the Google death ray, this shot of Google AdSense for Cheese, and this shot of Google Galaxy.google master plan