thing #17: google docs

16 10 2008

What a thing of beauty it is when documents are not tied to a hard drive or a physical memory device.  That’s why I’m kind of in love with Google Documents.  You don’t every have to worry about emailing a document or forgetting your flash drive somewhere.  All you need is the Internet.

Web-based apps like Google Docs are even better when they’re used in a collaborative way.  No more clogging up people’s inboxes!  No more sending a document back and forth countless times!

Here are some real-life testimonials of when Google Docs has saved the day for me in regards to collaboration:

  • I do work for an Aids in Africa non-profit (website is a work in progress!).  Every year we have a booth at ComFest.  In effort to get appropriate “staffing” for the booth, we created a schedule with a Google Docs spreadsheet and emailed all volunteers about it.  Since everyone had access, each person was able to go into the document and schedule themselves for a time slot.  Genius!
  • In a slightly more delightful way, I used a Google Docs spreadsheet to get people to sign up to bring meals to some dear friends shortly after they had their first baby.  No one, including the less-techie people, had any problems using it and people even took the initiative to add a few columns such as “What dish are you bringing?”  Two heads are better than one!

Overall, I love how Google Docs removes wire-crossing email mistakes from the equation.  Much less room for human error!  And, you don’t even have to have a gmail account to access a document.   You can share a document with anyone, no matter what email provider they use.

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25 11 2008
How About Some Learn & Play? Thing #17: Google Docs « Tarzan vs IBM

[…] So Web-based Apps/Google Docs are kinda awesome.  Pretty useful for someone like me whose malfunctioning home PC lives off the grid (i.e. not even actually hooked up to the internet) and who accesses the web at work and via my girlfriend’s beautiful Mac.  No discs, no flash drives (yet!).  Just internet access needed, & you can update and save your work anywhere in the world.  I haven’t really explored any of it’s collaborative possibilities yet, but I can definitely see how that can be a plus, from enabling games of exquisite corpse to organizing food-drives for new moms. […]

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