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The Magical World of Google

1 Nov

As many of you know, I am a huge Google fangirl (Yes I realize that I have a WordPress blog instead of blogger. That is because I prefer WordPress and I don’t like to choose something based on the name alone…).

With that being said, Google has some pretty awesome things going on. A fellow classmate of mine presented on Google Doc this past week and I thought I would share what I know, along with what I learned! I am narrowing this down to things that will help you do group work and whatnot. So I hope this is beneficial for you!

Google Drive (Formerly Google Docs)

Drive has some great features for students (really anyone who needs to do group work). For instance, if you don’t have Microsoft Word you can use Drive and create a ‘document’. It can be saved in .doc or .rtf  formats (there may be others but I am not positive). You can also create presentations, spreadsheets, forms, and use a “Paint” like program. The best part of all of these things is that they are easily shared and edited by groups. Here is how:

  1. Create Document
  2. Input data
  3. Hit “File” then “Share”
  4. Then choose how you would like to share (Email, social media, etc)
  5. Change how the other users can use this document (e.g. Can they edit or just view?)
  6. Hit “Done”
  7. Now all the other users can view and edit the info!

 

Google Plus

HANGOUTS! Yes Hangouts! This feature is amazing! Oh yeah, the other stuff is good too but I am pretty sure you have tried playing with the typical G+ stuff like creating circles and posting info. I personally prefer G+ over Facebook but sadly all my friends are “used to using” Facebook and don’t want to make the switch. Which is fine because there are tons of “professionals” using it (Like Librarians and my super geeks!) so it isn’t too bad. I digress.

The hangouts are awesome for several reasons.

  1. It’s free
  2. You can live stream the info through YouTube (Google owns YouTube in case you were curious)
  3. You can use it on your phone (so for you Apple people, it is like Face Time if you have a forward facing camera on your phone)
  4. You can chat face to face with up to 9 group members

Here is an example of how Librarians are using Hangouts. American Libraries has created a Live event with 9 episodes planned over the next year on various topics ranging from “Landing your ideal library job” to “Digging into new databases”. Check it out! I looks quite promising!

But G+ isn’t just about Hangouts, it has other great features. There are too many to cover in one post so I may just slowly add them to the blog throughout the year. Maybe I will even make tutorials for you…who knows. 😉

Google Calendar

I love the Calendar feature. Like all things Google they allow you to share your calendar with selected people. For instance I share a calendar with my husband so that we can both see what the other has planned for the day. This way his dental appointments or my volunteer hours don’t sneak up on each other.

It also allows you to set reminders via email or text for any event. I like to have a reminder sent via text 1 hour before any meeting I have so that even if I forgot about the meeting I can still make it no matter where I am in town. Or I set a 1 week notice for presentations I have to give and really the list can go on.

 

Do you have any Google features that you love? What are they and how do you use them? I would love to hear about it! Comment away!

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Week 1, Social Media for Information Professionals

1 Sep

Is this your first time you created a blog?

This is not my first time creating a blog. I had to create a co-op blog for my final semester in my Undergrad program at UCF instead of using the webcourse system so that is how I learned about blogging. I initially used Blogger because it is a Google product and it was very easy, but after a while I wanted more control of my options so I made the switch to WordPress (And LOVE it!) It takes a bit of getting used to in the beginning but overall I feel like I have more control of what the blog looks like and how it works.

I also have another blog that I am working on that I haven’t decided if I would like to publish to yet called “Insert Geek Pun” also on WordPress. I plan to use it starting at the beginning of the year to document my downward spiral into Geekdom. So that should be fun.

What is your experience with using (reading) blogs? For which purposes have you used blogs?

I actually follow a ton of blogs. I use Google Reader to follow, but just because it is easier than some of the other aggregators. I follow multiple blogs on various topics.

For instance I follow probably 2 art blogs, 20 Book and Paper Conservation blogs, 27 Library blogs, 7 Ancient Near Eastern Anthropological blogs, and about 15 tech blogs.

That sounds like a lot but people post to their blogs so infrequently it is rather easy to keep up.

I like to use blogs as a study tool or to look up what other people are talking about and doing the fields I am interested in. I have learned to go beautiful book bindings through tutorials that people post and I have seen some new gadgets be tested before they are released. So overall I would say I use them to keep up to date and to fill in the gaps in my learning as most people allow comments and will respond if you have questions.

What do you like or dislike about using blogs?

I like that the blogger community is open and accessible. I love the history channel and Discovery channel because they are educational, but if you have questions you have to either forget it or go on a mad hunt and hope you get sources that answer your question. But with blogs the person teaching you is right there, just a click away and you can interact with them.

I also love that there is no schedule. You are able to blog, post, read, and respond at any point in time and it is still completely interactive. It is also a ton of fun to serendipitously discover new blogs that cover topics you never would have thought someone was writing about. For instance, as an undergrad I was planning to go into a MA in Archaeology in Ancient Near Eastern Studies (I love Mesopotamia and Cuneiform… If I could work in the Chicago Institute or Yale…) and I came across several blogs discussing how to learn to read and write Ancient Assyrian and Sumerian. And that was just amazing to me.

As for dislikes, I can’t really think of any regarding the medium as a whole. I think generally it works for a large number of people and that is awesome.

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