During the recent days, I’ve been blown away over how much google has expanded since the days when I thought nothing more of it than a search engine. For some reason, unknown to mankind, I had a co-worker send me an invitation to obtain a new google email address(most likely due to the spamming problems I’ve had lately).
Opening up a new gmail account…
…is like installing a complete suite of “all you’ll ever need to use your office-like tools among friends and family. I’ve NEVER had such an organized personal life. I’ve created a budget for 2007 using a google spreadsheet. I can have Bergfrid collaborate with me over http, alter the values within the spreadsheet, and discuss the changes in a chat window as we create the budget together. We have organized our “spare time” in google calendar, making it alot easier to avoid setting plans that don’t fit. Our friends are able to see when we’re busy, and when we’re not.. Better yet, google alerts me with a text message directly onto my cellphone of important events in the calendar! MS Office has never done that for me!!
I tried out picasa for shits & giggles, after all, I am employed in a company that writes similar software.. but what picasa has to offer, is integration ! It was SO easy to share a couple of images onto a brand new google album that it is simply scary! When stuff gets this easy to use, you don’t want to be using anything else.!
I was going to say “soon” but I think I’ll rather say “now”.. because, now, today, all you need, really for your typical chat, email, document, spreadsheet, calendar, and image needs, at least as a private person (and perhaps some simple offices) is google.. I’ve been googlified, and I’m loving it.