Today on Facebook, we had great participation in a little "Friday Quiz" that I held. Google is AMAZING. The different tools in addition to SEARCH are numerous. I had quickly scratched out a count of 20 in a quick tally in my notes. Our quiz revealed 21 items plus several bonus items. What is remarkable is that these tools are FREE too! Here is the results of our Facebook Friday Online QUIZ - you will see who came to class today!
(4) Google Alerts
get notified when google finds new content matching particular target keywords
answered by: Tammy Emineth "Love it for getting the latest on my business, news and info related to SEO."
(5) goo.gl URL Shortener
http://goo.gl - shorten a long URL to a short version that is more appropriate in Twitter and other instances track the clicks that the link is generating - create a QR code for the link to use for mobile device access
answered by: Lynda White
Leah Stern "It's designed for the non tech savvy parents who can't get ahold of their kids when they need them the most and has simple short tech tutorials.. The kids can send Mom and Dad a tech support care package. Its a fun site. I blogged about it a couple of weeks ago ( http://actvra.in/8ls)."
(10) Google Reader
for keeping up to date with all of your RSS feeds
Craig: "I blogged about at this Google Reader/RSS article"
(13) Google Analytics
google.com/analytics for tracking visitors to your website, pages they visited, where they are from, etc!
did you also know you can use analytics on your ActiveRain outside blog?
(15) Google Talk
google.com/talk - IM chat client that can run on a desktop app (for PC) - or as web client in gmail - voice and video calls as well as text chats - I love that text chats are saved in gmail for later reference to items discussed
(16) Google Feedburner
feedburner.google.com - helps in the syndication of your work based on a source RSS feed - gives a clean interface for others to see your feed and decide how they want to subscribe to you... including by email subscription - provides stats to how many have subscribed
Craig: "my feedburner page is here http://feeds.feedburner.com/activerain/mdwC"
picnik.com - Mar 2010 Google acquires picnik -
online, web based photo editing tools - similar and complementary to picasa app which resides on your computer
youtube.com - acquired by google in Mar 2006 -
more than 2 billion views per day - 35 hours of video uploaded every minute!
(19) Google Desktop
desktop.google.com - windows based app - I'm not interested in the search files as much as the gadgets - RSS feed and google talk gadgets as well as system monitor gadget are much better IMO than the built in windows gadgets
(bonus) Google Profile
a place to make sure you have a good description about yourself and links to your sites
and finally, coming in at my final list position - last but not least -
google.com/ig - a dashboard for news, weather, rss feeds, and about any gadget you can imagine - some make it their home page and it is a good choice