Wednesday, January 2, 2008 | 3:48 PM
When I first asked the mobile team to send me pictures of how they rang in the New Year, I imagined fireworks sprouting colorfully over the Eiffel Tower and the Sydney Opera House, the glimmering ball descending in Times Square, or the spectacular floats at the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.
Some may have gone to those places, but I got a more eclectic and less predictable selection. On New Year's Day, David Maynard and his wife ran five kilometers for charity (www.worldrunners.org) in Palo Alto, California. Leslie Fabello and Ben Davies took some amazing photographs with their mobile phones of the lush countryside in the U.K. Meanwhile, Peter Mayo spent the day with his kids, clearing a couple of feet of snow from his driveway in Ontario, Canada.
And Jonathan Matus, Andrew Hyman, and Stefan Haustein sent me pictures that are terrific examples of the spontaneity that can be captured with cell phone cameras: a beautiful sunset, friends getting ready to go out to celebrate New Year's Eve, and a city sign proclaiming that heavy fog had shut down public transportation in Oberhausen, Germany.
So this is how some of us truly welcomed in 2008. Happy new year from the whole Google mobile team!