I’m the first to admit that I’m a wee bit behind the beat when it comes to technology. However, being a college graduate, I find that I can navigate the world wide web with a fair bit of ease.
Some people that I’ve talked to are really hostile to Google and all it’s applications. I call these people the elitists. Because, how on EARTH can you turn down things that make your life easier, more fun, and more efficient? I mean, really.
Here’s a few of the parts of Google that I like…if you haven’t tried them, give them a go! What’s the worst that can happen? People stop calling you an elitist?
1. Google Reader. My good friend Holly posted a blog about this fine program a couple of times before I finally caught on. This is an amazing feature of Google because it takes all the blogs you read (such as moi’s) and allows you to subscribe to them through Google Reader. Basically, it’s like your own special e-newspaper comprised of all your friends, family, and random cool stranger’s posts. I love just going to one place and seeing who has updated their blog. It’s an earth shatteringly cool time-saving thing. Trust me, your life will never be the same.
2. iGoogle. This may sound like a selfish application, but it’s not. I just discovered this today in my attempt to learn all I could about RSS feeds for a work project. I heart iGoogle because it’s like my web desk. Basically, iGoogle allows you to create your own homepage with information and fun tools that you like.
For instance, on my iGoogle page, I have my Gmail inbox, a slang word o’ the day, a things to do list (always with the lists…), Real Simple tips and recipes, a daily deep thought by Jack Handey, a list of the top 5 movies and a search feature to find out what is playing near my house and when, etc. The list just goes on and on! It’s a one stop shop for all my web needs. And if that wasn’t great enough, they throw in cute “themes” to make it really pretty (although, guys, most of the backgrounds were geared towards you…so take heart).
3. The last notable thought I have on Google is that I love Gmail. I do. I heart it. It probably goes without saying, but who am I to economize my words? 🙂
Plus, if that doesn’t sell you, just think about this: “Googled” is now a commonly used verb. When was the last time you used “Yahooed” in a sentence?