Googleized or Googlized?
October 16, 2006 2 Comments
Doesn’t matter really. Even Googelized can be found with Google – and every form has its foundation. I’ll stick with Googleized – because it contains Google in its fullness.
From Gmail to other services
Reliable service (hm, I have to admit, that I found my Gmail inaccessible sometimes too – but only for a short while) is not the only thing that makes Gmail winner in my eyes. When I grasped the label system, found out that not single mail but conversation is what really matters and few other things that changed my perspective of emails – that was that moment when I realized that Google is more. And can be even more. When I grew together with my Gmail, I started to use it even for things it wasn’t intended for. When I needed to write map review in English (that isn’t my first language as you can see ;-)) I used drafts for it. Because of aforementioned auto-save feature and because of spell checking.
When Google Spreadsheets came out I thought to myself: “Now only some notes or whatever where I can create documents with auto-save and spell check.” And guess what… few weeks later it’s called Google Docs&Spreadsheets and I’m writing this post in this application. OK, now I’ve found “check spelling” icon in Blogger, but still I feel more comfortable with this wide window, familiar Gmail/Google look&feel – and after all – there is no problem with copy&paste into Blogger’s post. At least I’m not aware of any. 😉 Maybe some problem will appear when I start to use more features and more text formatting.
Now I’m happy user of Calendar, I started to flirt with Photos/Picasa and – as you may notice – with Blogger too. 😉 And currently my fresh Google Desktop is indexing my computer. Well – how far this can go? And – is it only good? Well… I don’t want to discuss philosophical questions here. I’m open human being and I kinda don’t care what is known and what is not. I let you (anyone) to know things about me. And I know that when I really don’t know something to be know, it’s not to be discussed on Internet anywhere. I don’t consider Google better or worse than other common services in terms of information security. Again – I’m not touching technical aspects of the topic – it’s always up to your feelings to decide what can be said and what not. And where. I simply don’t care in most things. And most of us is not so important anyway. 😛 Ah… too much words for a topic I didn’t want to bring here at all. 😉
Can it be better?
Let’s return to technical level – or at least to level of user’s experience. Can this be better? Well – YES – obviously. It would be really bad if it can’t be better, right? Now some concrete/specific things. Many services display cool “services list” (or how to call it) in the left top corner. When you are on yours docs index, you can see it. You can see it in Gmail, you can see it in Calendar – in these two applications you can even see it all the time (I hope) which is cool. I can switch to another Google domain anytime. Well – not really. Because right now – editing this text – I don’t see this bar. And another magical thing is its content. When I was in Gmail I saw Groups, when I was in Docs&Spreadsheets I saw also Photos – but no Groups. I wasn’t using any of this. Now I used Group for one post about my First Google Desktop experience and Groups are still shown only in Gmail. But when I used Photos today for the first time it started to appear in both applications. Strange.
I want this “service bar” visible all the time. With first link Google showing being not default Google, but personalized one. And I want it stable and customizable to some extent. E.g. let the Gmail link be pointing to HTTPS version instead of plain HTTP one (this is not my case, but I can pretty imagine such a wish). Maybe I should only wait few weeks like was the Docs’ case. 😉
Another thing is that you can enter any service with Gmail account, but it’s not real single sign-on. I have “remember me on this computer” checked on – and so I have no problem with this. But my mate uses to log into the Google/Gmail (he simply doesn’t have that habit to save passwords on computers) – and he has to log again into distinct services.
And let’s go even further (and still not too much – we’re not talking about sci-fi, only about things that my surprise us when Google made us so comfy before ;-)): Why I have to enter some profile on Groups when it wants to know exactly the same things like some services before?
Beware! It’s beta!
Yes. It’s true. Most things are claimed to be beta or even in Labs stadium. If I take this into consideration I have to be more patient – I know. It’s really simple – Google sometimes surprise me with “oh, this is not working yet?” when so many things are working so nicely, intuitively, etc, etc… add your favorite superlatives. You can argue about policies (claimed vs. real one that you can’t know anyway ;-)), you can discuss security or even crisis in global society – but you have to admit that Google is changing our world of information. Not so slowly and – that’s for sure – with new perspectives upon these information. With technical innovations. And even if they are not really first, they are often first able to really deliver.
And that counts. And so I am Googleized and it’s getting worse.