My work takes me up and down from Glasgow to London fairly often, and the next time I am in London's Heathrow airport in Terminal One, I will certainly make the time to check out Google Space - an area that will allow people to log onto the net and check e-mail while they wait for flights. Used to test product launches on the public, Google Space is what the company sees as a huge focus group, with trained Google staff on hand. Success in the venture may lead to Google being found in airports, stations and even high streets.

"For many of our users, we have always been something in their computers and they have never actually met us," Lorraine Twohill, Google's European director of marketing said.