I had a conversation with someone earlier today (2017-05-03), and she mentioned that she never used Google. She mentioned that she used Yahoo. First thing that came to mind is that we must be back in 1999. Now, I used to used Yahoo until they became incompetent, and there are still those few people that will swear by it. I however feel it might be worth mentioning the real world benefits of Google.
Now, I am not a fanboy, and I do understand that Google is first and foremost an advertising company. They provide “free” services to generate anonymized user data to rent to companies. But in turn so does Yahoo, and Bing. Google is just more successful.
So why does this matter. Maybe in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t. However, Google does offer more resources for those that uses Google to make it worth the marketing power you provide to the platform. This includes the following:
- Docs and Drive
Now they do offer a range of other features and services, but these are the ones I typically use, and feel it is worth mentioning. Since there are some people that never used Google, it might be worth looking into some of these features.
Every appointment I have is put in Google Calendar. This allows me to look on my phone every morning and see what is coming in the next couple of weeks. I can also get reminders on a variety of time frames which can be Email, or SMS notifications. I can also get a popup notification on Android phones.
Contacts is Google’s unified Contact Management solution. For their Android OS, it is used for contacts in the phone/tablet. It is also used Gmail, and Voice. And as expected, you can provide details that are important about that contact, set up groups, and even import from other resources
Drive and Office
For the past several years, every single document I wrote that was worth keeping has been located in Google Drive. One of my doctors recommended keeping a log of my day and things that might affect my health. All of these documents (broken on a monthly basis) has been stored in Google Drive. This is good as if my computer should fail right at this moment, all of my documents, and personal works are stored remotely. This also minimized the negative consequences of not having a backup system
And while not likely officially called Google Office, There is a dedicated office suite which comprises of a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation tool, and other features that might actually compete with Microsoft Office for most users.
Gmail is probably the most popular service (other than search) out there. As with many free services, you can handle your email via the web. Unlike many free services, you can use a real email client to connect with Google’s IMAP servers.
Even people using iOS will prefer Google Maps. The resource is highly accurate, and can help in avoiding traffic issues and get you on the bus on time. A recent update even allows you to let people in your contacts know where you are, or mark where you park your automobile.
Google Voice is a smart forwarding and SMS service. When someone calls a Google Voice number, the service will see which group the caller is in, and direct callers to the appropriate telephone numbers at the specefied times. For example, any unknown caller calling my Google Voice number will be forward to my home phone from 9AM – 5PM You even have Anonymous Call Rejection and with support ATA (Analog Telephone Adapters), you can use Google Voice to make free US/Canada calls.
Wallet is the peer to peer payment service with Google. With bank account or debit card information, one could send and deposit money to anyone else. Non-registered addresses will be prompted to create a Google account, but in the days where people seem to prefer not to carry cash, this might be a reasonable solution.
Expecially since I have no TV (or despite of it), finding entertainment worth watching is typically easier said than done, especially when you don’t have access to premium services such as Hulu+ or Netflix. Youtube has been a good source in helping me find reasonable value items, and watching independent news sources. I am sure most people if nothing else used Youtube, and guess what – this is a part of Google.
If you are one of those 50 people that thinks this is 1999 and still uses Yahoo, consider giving Google a try. The quickest and easiest way to get a Google account is going to GMail which is http://www.gmail.com.