The SkyDrive twitter account tweeted something interesting on Friday, July 13th about an “Ambassador Program” with a link to a survey. As it turns out, it is a program meant to get the word out about SkyDrive and its practical use in helping simplify people’s lives.
The introduction to the survey talks about the requirements and they are pretty basic. Of course, you need to have passion and motivation to share their thoughts about SkyDrive. In terms of hard metrics, the program requires about eight to ten posts a year. That’s it.
In return, the Ambassadors become part of an inner circle, so they receive SkyDrive product news as well as possible early releases. They also claim that it will increase the online presence and I can only assume that it will be because those posts will be showcased on SkyDrive/Microsoft websites and linked back to the blog. Finally, the Ambassadors will be invited to conferences at Microsoft’s expense.
However, there are certain conditions. Per Microsoft, they are looking for people using SkyDrive only in the following areas:
- Real estate (agents, developers or property managers)
- Sales, business development, marketing (startup or small business)
- Food Enthusiasts (home cooking, restaurateurs)
- Parenting (PTA leader, generally awesome Mom or Dad)
- Education (teacher/professor, tutor, student group leader)
- Non-Profit Leader
In addition, they are looking for only five Ambassadors, so after submitting the survey, they plan on interviewing the candidates via Skype and five lucky people will end up becoming SkyDrive Ambassadors.
In the past year or so we have seen SkyDrive go from an underrated, underused service with a lot of potential, to the central piece of Microsoft’s personal cloud strategy. SkyDrive now has enough functionality to compete with the darlings Dropbox and Box on paper, so the next step is to overcome the stigma associated with the brand from its past. This idea seems to be a step in the right direction, to get the right “crowd” to see the benefits of Microsoft’s personal cloud from a real user’s perspective.
Are you going to apply? Let me know, and of course, wish you all the best!