You have to feel sorry for Google. Although it seems well on the way to total global domination of the known Internet, it still doesn't have an advertising budget -- or at least that's how it looks. The search-engine megacorp was recently reduced to appealing to users to provide material for a collaborative video showing how Gmail messages travel around the world.
The CNET.co.uk team couldn't resist the opportunity to a) help a struggling start-up, and b) show off our acting, directing and editing talents, so Andrew Lim and Nate Lanxon joined green-screen guru Drew Stearne for a game of Gmail frisbee in our on-site studio. When the final cut of the Gmail video was released this morning, we found our clip had not only been plucked from the pile of over 1,100 submissions from 65 countries, but also been used as the first clip in the user-generated section (the intro was filmed by Google).