Thursday, February 22, 2007

Loving Google isn't hard to do

Jeff has posted a few reasons why he loves Google and it's hard not to agree with him. I don't own stock in the company but I've been using their products more and more each year. Here are a few more reasons to love their products:

We used Google calendar to coordinate our E3 appointments for GamingNexus this year. Since GN's email is using Google's hosted service everyone already had an account and just had to share it to me. I then booked all the appointments and everyone was able to see their calendar and where they were supposed to go. The calendar will even SMS you your appointments ahead of times so you don't have any excuses for being late. Much easier than maintaining one spreadsheet with a full list.

Right now I'm using google docs to write and track topics for my writing at the AT&T Blue room. Since I'm alternating days with our hardware editor we're using one shared document to make sure we don't over lap topics. I still prefer Word/Excel for doing stuff that I'm doing on a day to day basis for the real job but Google docs is slowly growing on me.

I've recently become a big fan of Google Reader. After having problems with Bloglines and Newgator I made the switch over and I'm not going back. While it's not perfect (I'd like to see items sorted by source when I click on a group) it's easily head and shoulders above the other products I've used. The stats part of it alone is amazing and I dig how you can see which blogs on your blogroll aren't posting anymore and can be weeded out.

I do wonder how Google is going to survive if there's ever another burst in the .com bubble. They seem so dependant on advertising revenue and if that goes away I'm not sure they will be the same.

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