To most internet users, Google just means search! When we need to find something, be it academic or professional services, plug the words into the Google bar and dive into the results, that’s it. Those working in full service web design agencies or internet services as well as internet savvy users, know that, Google offers a whole lot more than just search. Okay, there are many of us are using Gmail but are we using Sites, Docs or even Translate? Google is an online software house that we really should make use of.
Google Docs is Google’s cloud version of Microsoft Office, that most of us are running on our desktop computers or laptop devices. Docs allows the creation or word documents, spreadsheets and presentations. It is pretty powerful considering the specs and has a nice collaboration feature. It also allows uploading and saving as office compatible documents for those who are not using the feature.
Google Translate is really cool. Enter the words you want translating in the box, select the detect language and Google translates it for you, it even gives phonetics for those who are trying to talk the talk. I found this tool very useful whilst scouring the ‘world wide web’. The mobile app works even better in particular on iOS as it supports multi lingual keypad entry. It has made me appreciate the true travellers of years gone by, who must have relied on finger pointing and face reading to find out what on earth was going on.
Google Googles, now this is amazing. Take a picture with an Android or an iOS phone and Google it. Google uses your picture as a search input and returns results with the use of image backends, the results? Well lets just say..you will be impressed.
Sites is Google’s own do it yourself website creation tool. Sites allows users to create their own web pages using pre defined templates or even start one from scratch. If coding html and php or PSD is not for you then this is really handy. Upload images or videos and structure a site with as many pages as you like. Sites can be public as well as private and best of all its easy to share.