By Jess Stratton | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Sharing and simultaneous collaboration is a huge benefit to using Google drive—but what if you have to share a Google Doc file (such as a word-processing document) with a user who doesn’t actually have a Google account?
By Doug Winnie | Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Google announced yesterday that its Google Glass Explorers program is once again open to everyone. That means anyone can purchase Google Glass, and try it out in beta, as long as supplies last. You don’t need an invitation—you can just go to google.com/glass to buy your device.
If you’re interested in Glass, I have two courses to help you get up to speed before and after you get the hardware.
By Doug Winnie | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Living in San Francisco, you see people wearing Google Glass often: at coffee shops, at restaurants, on trains. The Glass Explorer program, a group of people invited by Google to purchase Glass before its official release, has been expanding over time. As a result, thousands of Explorers are now using Google Glass and informing Google on how to improve it.
I’m part of the program myself, having received my Glass invitation in December. So I plunked down my $1,500 and went to the Google Glass office in San Francisco to pick it up. The “fitting,” as they called it, took place in a cavernous and sparse office building near the Embarcadero with sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. A Glass-wearing representative helped me through the setup process then showed me how to connect it to my phone. Afterwards, I was turned loose to wander the streets of San Francisco with my new piece of fancy eyewear.
But instead—I put it away.
By Chelsea Adams | Monday, April 14, 2014
If you can copy and paste text, you can install Google Analytics to WordPress. All you need is an established self-hosted WordPress.org website or blog, a Google Analytics account, and five minutes or less.
Note: You can only install Google Analytics on self-hosted WordPress.org sites and blogs. WordPress-hosted WordPress.com blogs won’t let you alter your header file or otherwise make low-level changes to your website infrastructure.
By Willem Knibbe | Friday, April 11, 2014
Have you got your eye on Google Glass? Google recently announced that anyone in the United States can apply to become part of its Glass Explorer Program and order the $1,500 device starting at 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday, April 15. Prepare for this exciting new release with a first look at the popular wearable computing device’s features and functionality in our new course Introducing Google Glass, available today.
By Jess Stratton | Monday, November 11, 2013
If you use multiple Google Apps, such as Google Drive, Gmail, Calendar, and YouTube, you might have noticed that the way you switch between products on Google product pages has recently changed.
Previously, the list of Google Apps could be found in a black bar across the top left of the page; you could easily switch between the various apps this way. Last week the black bar disappeared, but don’t worry—you can still toggle back and forth quickly between Google apps.
By Jess Stratton | Monday, June 03, 2013
You’ve heard it before, but it can’t be overstated: Your online reputation matters. Just like a credit score calculates your spending and payback habits, your online reputation gives potential employers invaluable data for measuring your character.
It’s one thing to be conscientious about what you say about yourself online—but you should also be aware of what others are saying about you. I’m not talking about Facebook, where you’re notified when people tag you and you can easily untag yourself. I’m talking about less obvious cases, such as a club in which the leader posts the entire club directory—including your name, address, and telephone number—online, unaware that Google is indexing the entire list for public consumption.
In this week’s first Monday Productivity Pointers video, I’ll show you how to find out what’s being posted about you online, and how you can stay on top of your online reputation effortlessly by setting up a Google Alert.
My second video this week will cover what to do if you find a result that concerns you. Did you know Google has a search index removal tool? I’ll go over how to locate the tool, and to follow the chain of website ownership command to get your reputation, privacy, and safety back to the way it should be.
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By Jess Stratton | Monday, May 20, 2013
How much do you drive your social media contacts to act? To comment? To discuss, retweet, and share?
Klout is a web app that measures your online “clout”—that is, how influential you are on your social media contacts. You sign up for Klout, connect to all your social networks, and Klout gives you a number between 1 and 100 ranking your online social clout. A 1 would be a user who signed up for a service, but never used it. A 100 might apply to a well-known personality like Kim Kardashian. Your Klout score is always fluctuating based on your online activity (i.e., engaging, commenting, tweeting, and responding), which Klout refers to as “signals.” The score that Klout generates from these signals indicates how influential you are to your followers and friends.
In the first video, I offer some reasons why you might be interested in knowing your Klout score, and show you how to get your social media accounts connected to Klout to start measuring your score.
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