Google promotion offers free HP Chromebooks

The contest lets you nominate anyone, including yourself, who helps make the Web "amazing."

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Know just about any person -- or cat -- who has some sort of impact on the Web? That soul could score a free HP Chromebook courtesy of Google.

As of Tuesday, a new promotion designed to push Chromebooks asks you to nominate someone you think helps make the Web an "amazing" place. The rules of the contest seem pretty loosey-goosey. The categories include "tech savior," "cryptic updater," "snap-happy parent," "computer hog," "link spreader," and "selfie fanatic." You can even nominate yourself.

You nominate someone by notifying that person via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or e-mail. Your nominee then receives a link asking for a photo in order to enter the contest. Google judges are evaluating entries in each category daily and are already giving Chromebooks away.

What are the odds of your nominee winning a Chromebook? As of Wednesday morning, the promo runs for another seven days, and 992 Chromebooks are left to give away. The contest ends at 6 a.m. PT October 16.

On Tuesday, Google unveiled its HP Chromebook 11, an 11-inch laptop that sells for $279. The new device is pricier than other cloud-based laptops but offers a more refined look and feel , according to CNET's review. Still, Google has its work cut out for it trying to convince the vast audience of tablet buyers that they need a Chromebook as well.

 

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