When it comes to innovation and downright efficiency, Google seems to be leading the pack among the competitive market of Internet-based services. In addition to the search engine and the seemingly limitless Gmail service, Google also offers a slew of plug-ins, widgets, and apps. But how can you integrate these services to make your life a little less chaotic? Take a look at some of Google’s more innovative functions.
It’s Google’s attempt to make its mark in the world of social networks: Part of Gmail, Buzz allows users to keep up with their friends (other Gmail account holders) by the second. You can comment, post links and images, and share information with other Buzz users. While there is no Facebook integration, users can import information from Twitter, Picassa, Flickr and other sites.
A “communication and collaboration tool” as Google describes it, this app allows users to connect in real time. Part project management software, part e-mail and Web chat, the robust software even lets you embed Google Wave conversations into a blog. To begin, start a “wave” or conversation between one or more users. You can also use the templates to start a new wave based on a specific task.
A super fastWeb browser that makes navigating online that much easier, Google Chrome comes with Omnibox, a toolbar at the top of the browser that allows users to type in search terms and go directly to a site, no questions asked. For frequently visited sites, Chrome will remember the specific site, has its own search box, and gives users the option to use it from Omnibox.
Need to make a document accessible online? Google Sites allows users to create single pages, entries, sites, and wikis. No HTML necessary. Google Sites provides (optional) templates and allows businesses and consumers to upload documents to their website and embed. Integrate with Google Analytics, AdSense, YouTube, and other widgets.