Google is taking over… and I am enabling them

This is going to be a series on how I use Google and all it’s products. I will be evaluating my use and potential positive uses of their products. Believe it or not, some of these free services could assist with homelessness, joblessness and overall community needs. Stay tuned for more.

Google is getting out of control, but can you blame the search engine giant? I mean it’s amazing what has changed in the past 5 years. They’ve gone from taking the search engine  title to having great email options, online documents, ways to share documents, photos, slide-shows online and more. It’s amazing what’s possible, and they are definitely the group to push copyright and legal buttons. I can’t blame them, they do it so well.

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Social media- what is it & why should I participate?

These two words hold much power. They can make people uneasy, skeptical, excited and even a little queasy. Some ignore them as much as possible. However, social media is here, and is as much part of our culture as the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle.
But what is social media?

Dan Evans is the author of Social Media Marketing: An Hour A Day, and Read This Dot Com both of which focus on social media in business.

Evans defines social media in his book as ‘…a natural, genuine conversation between people about something of mutual interest, a conversation built on the thoughts and experiences of the participants. It’s about sharing and arriving at a collective point, often for the purpose of making a better or more-informed choice.’

So, this online born phenomenon isn’t as scary after all? It’s about learning what you are looking for and what you need.

For instance, if you are looking to keep track of your friend’s blogs, your granddaughter’s articles from her graduate work and your co-worker’s website updates, facebook might not be as helpful, unless they directly post every item and update they make. So, you have a few options instead of facebooking everything. Why not try Google Reader?

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