Google Is Great! Should We Count the Ways?

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Today on Facebook, we had great participation in a little "Friday Quiz" that I held. Google is AMAZING. The different tools in addition to SEARCH are numerous. I had quickly scratched out a count of 20 in a quick tally in my notes. Our quiz revealed 21 items plus several bonus items. What is remarkable is that these tools are FREE too! Here is the results of our Facebook Friday Online QUIZ - you will see who came to class today!

(1) Google Places
google.com/places - Put your business on the map.
answered by: Bill Spear

(2) Gmail
www.gmail.com - web based email with excellent support on all devices
answered by: Happy Grasshopper "Here is how to use it like a pro. http://actvra.in/8l7"

(3) Google Calendar
google.com/calendar - Keep your schedule organized - cloud based - also syncs with Outlook!
answered by: Lynda White

(4) Google Alerts
google.com/alerts
get notified when google finds new content matching particular target keywords
answered by: Tammy Emineth "Love it for getting the latest on my business, news and info related to SEO."

(5) goo.gl URL Shortener
http://goo.gl - shorten a long URL to a short version that is more appropriate in Twitter and other instances track the clicks that the link is generating - create a QR code for the link to use for mobile device access
answered by: Lynda White

(6) Google Docs
docs.google.com - Online authoring of documents and sharing with others.
Collaboration and cloud-computing!
answered by: Nyssa Smith

(7) Google Voice
google.com/voice - get a google number that has some really great features for calls
answered by: Debra A Walsh

(8) Google Maps
maps.google.com - online, web-based app for mapping and directions, includes satellite and street view imagery
answered by: Leah Stern

(9) Google Earth
earth.google.com - downloadable app (also now available inside google maps website)
3D viewpoints and exploration of our world
answered by: Leah Stern

(bonus) TeachParentsTech.org
Leah Stern "It's designed for the non tech savvy parents who can't get ahold of their kids when they need them the most and has simple short tech tutorials.. The kids can send Mom and Dad a tech support care package. Its a fun site. I blogged about it a couple of weeks ago ( http://actvra.in/8ls)."

(10) Google Reader
for keeping up to date with all of your RSS feeds
Craig: "I blogged about at this Google Reader/RSS article"

(11) Google Bookmarks
google.com/bookmarks - save your favorite pages - tag the bookmarks for easy search and find later!
Craig: "I wrote this blog post on it yesterday - http://goo.gl/jOaCI"

(12) Google Chrome
google.com/chrome - web browser - modern and FAST!
Craig: "here is a series of articles that I have wrote on Google Chrome"

(13) Google Analytics
google.com/analytics  for tracking visitors to your website, pages they visited, where they are from, etc!
did you also know you can use analytics on your ActiveRain outside blog?

(14) Picasa
picasa.google.com - downloaded app for photo organizing, editing, sharing app
answered by: Lynda White
Craig adds: "you can find my articles on Google Picasa at that link"

(bonus) google goggles
google.com/mobile/goggles
mobile app for your iPhone or Android-based smart phone "Use pictures to search the web"
Lynda White

(15) Google Talk
google.com/talk - IM chat client that can run on a desktop app (for PC) - or as web client in gmail - voice and video calls as well as text chats - I love that text chats are saved in gmail for later reference to items discussed

(16) Google Feedburner
feedburner.google.com -  helps in the syndication of your work based on a source RSS feed - gives a clean interface for others to see your feed and decide how they want to subscribe to you... including by email subscription - provides stats to how many have subscribed
Craig: "my feedburner page is here http://feeds.feedburner.com/activerain/mdwC"

(17) Picnik
picnik.com  - Mar 2010 Google acquires picnik -
online, web based photo editing tools - similar and complementary to picasa app which resides on your computer

(18) YouTube
youtube.com - acquired by google in Mar 2006 -
more than 2 billion views per day - 35 hours of video uploaded every minute!

(19) Google Desktop
desktop.google.com - windows based app - I'm not interested in the search files as much as the gadgets - RSS feed and google talk gadgets as well as system monitor gadget are much better IMO than the built in windows gadgets

(20) Google Adwords
adwords.google.com  - even if you don't buy the ads you can search for keyword popularity for SEO targeting
answered by: Eric Michael

(bonus) Google Profile
a place to make sure you have a good description about yourself and links to your sites
René Fabre

and finally, coming in at my final list position - last but not least -
(21) iGoogle
google.com/ig - a dashboard for news, weather, rss feeds, and about any gadget you can imagine - some make it their home page and it is a good choice

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Jeremy Joslin
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love all the google tools I use already and I plan to add a few more.  Thanks

Apr 16, 2011 08:12 PM #57
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I use most of these but not all of them.. a couple of them I keep reminding myself to check out .. so here I am reminding myself again...Thanks!

Apr 16, 2011 08:33 PM #58
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What amazes me is how forward thinking they are and then they get hit on the stock market. I can't figure it out? They are always thinking of new ways to help us and people still find a way to criticize them. WHY?

Apr 16, 2011 09:35 PM #59
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Justin Dibbs
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I love Google, they are the BOMB!  Lots of cool, free stuff.  Well not really free, they come at the cost of data mining your accounts.  Still pretty cool though.

Apr 16, 2011 10:16 PM #60
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Scott - I constantly working on it too

Greg - thanks for visiting, glad you liked the list

Jeremy - you are welcome, thanks for coming by

Judi - note to self, don't forget the previous note, LOL - glad I could help

Todd - they give us great stuff, no complaints here

Justin - yes still pretty cool stuff, thanks :)

Apr 17, 2011 08:18 AM #61
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Craig

Fabulous list for those who are not really familiar with all that Google does (hard to imagine but I'm sure there are many). I use most of these.

Jeff

Apr 17, 2011 11:34 AM #62
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Dennis Herman
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Did you forget Google Translate?  I have one of the most in depth Bible Study sites I run from Wordpress.  I use Google Translate to post some of the studies on a Filippino sister site.  I also have a few in Spanish.  About 4-6% of the hits come from Google Translate.  

Apr 17, 2011 04:02 PM #63
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Jeff - it's quite a list! many might not know of a few - always glad to see your visits :)

Dennis - Robert above mentioned it and now you have reinforced it as a valuable service... many might not need it as much as the others but invaluable probably for those who do have the need - thanks!

Apr 17, 2011 04:07 PM #64
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Chris Smith
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Craig, I was not an early adopter, but realize that Google is the force of the internet and have conceded...

Apr 17, 2011 06:03 PM #65
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Gita Bantwal
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Thank you for the post. I will reblog this and read later. This is a good post to reblog.

Apr 18, 2011 07:28 AM #66
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Before long it will be 121.  I love Google but just don't use all of the features the way that I should.

Apr 18, 2011 08:13 AM #67
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Torgie Madison
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After seeing this list I'm starting to think that Google really might be trying to take over the world, *cough* I mean internet!

Apr 18, 2011 01:32 PM #68
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Suzanne McLaughlin
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Craig, I love to go to Google Labs and see what they are up to now.  It is a great way to test drive something new and it's economical, too!

Apr 20, 2011 10:44 PM #69
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David Popoff
DMK Real Estate & Property Mgmt - Darien, CT
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Craig, this is a great list with explanations, I just bookmarked it!

Apr 21, 2011 08:04 AM #70
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
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There is no doubt about the things Google can do for you.  Was just using Picnik.com yesterday!

Apr 21, 2011 08:21 AM #71
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Chris - good plan :)

Gita - appreciate the reblog

Charita - don't even get me started on Google Labs where they are testing all kinds of other new stuff!

Torgie - trying?

Suzanne - quite a few labs items have "graduated" status and we know them as primary tools now - labs is fun to browse once in a while to see what's cooking

David - thanks for the bookmark

Gary - I really love Picasa and I bounce through Picnik quite often also for certain quick photo features - thanks for visiting! :)

Apr 21, 2011 08:35 AM #72
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Jon Quist
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Super post. I'm sending it to myself. I love Google and yet I didn't know about half these Google Goodies.

Apr 23, 2011 12:33 AM #73
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Hi Craig. Wow! Quite a list. I stumbled across this Google page a couple of days ago when searching for a tool to convert milliliters to ounces: http://www.google.com/intl/en/help/features.html

Apr 23, 2011 05:05 PM #74
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C. Lloyd McKenzie
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Google is really Awesome! A lot of advantages business people can use and almost all of them are FREE! Just take some time to learn the application and how to properly use it in our business. Thank you for sharing these Google Applications!

Apr 25, 2011 09:08 PM #75
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Donna Foerster
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Wow!  I'm overwhelmed.  I use a few of these, but there are so many more to investigate!  I've got it bookmarked.

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