It always feels like something is cool before it goes big, doesn’t it?
Google used to seem so cool and hip, like a punk band before they sign a record deal. Google was the underdog. It was everything Microsoft or Apple wasn’t, but then it grew into the monster that is, today.
Now Google is plotting the road to world data domination with Google Maps. I know it sounds crazy, take a look:
Google is great, but have you ever found your search results a little limited?
Perhaps you’re not using the full power of Google.
The video below goes over a number of “power user” Google Search tips and tricks that is sure to make your Google search results far more fruitful:
If you own a blog or website for your business, church, or ministry, you might have heard of Search Engine Optimization (SEO). In many ways, I describe SEO as the mythical dragon that terrorizes the land. We know something is there because we see the devastation that comes in its wake and see the smoke that comes from the mountain in the distance, but not much can be said about it because no one survives its wake and so no one can describe it.
Google is the beast in this illustration and, a part from vague comments here and there, we can only postulate what has been happening within Google. That being said, 2013 saw some huge changes that every website that wants to be #1 on its search results needs to know about Google Search.
So my primary go-to tool every day for ministry is Google services: especially what we now call Google Drive (formerly Google Docs), which includes Docs, Sheets, Presentations, Forms, Drawings, and an “upload anything” storage feature which will take everything from photos to PDFs.
But while Google tools are cloud-based and killer at collaboration, there’s one thing that Google doesn’t do so well: HELP.
Support for a lot of Google services often seems limited. Having trouble figuring out that spreadsheet formula? Unsure what’s going on with your e-mail settings? Usually the choices are to browse a set of overly brief help pages, or head into the wild west of the Google product user forums, which are hit and miss (at best) and are punctuated by posts of people crying out for any official Google rep to stop by and even acknowledge the question. You’re not going to find a easy access “Contact Us” or support ticket submitter or phone number.
Yet we don’t complain because the product is so good, works well, and let’s be honest, it’s usually free.
Live Chat Support for Google Drive
That is until I discovered today that Google Drive offers free live chat support. In two clicks I was live chatting with a Google support rep who was fast and knowledgeable. Wait time? About 10 seconds.
Here’s what I found out:
A little boy falls asleep on a train in India.
25 years later, this little boy, now a young man, used Google Maps to find his family.
Grab the Kleenex, you’re going to need them…
“My name is Rachel Blom and I regularly Google myself.”
There, I’ve said it.
Recent research from PEW shows I’m not the only one. Not that I ever thought I was, but it’s always comforting to know. Here are some interesting facts about people who Google themselves: Continue Reading…
Okay, okay, okay…
I admit it.
This is a little weird, but it’s also pretty cool and could come in handy for some creative idea that I’ve yet to come up with.
It’s called, Google Type, and here’s how it works: