google = all things good

My official discovery exercise (read: assignment) for this week is to reflect on using google elements, specifically google docs and google calendar.

As the title of this post reflects, I really love google.  I have really enjoyed Coe’s transition to a “google campus,” taking full advantage of gmail and the google calendar.  Other email applications have useful calendars, but google gives me the ability to share with others VERY easily, as well as import a number of useful calendars.  The group I volunteer with (UMGDR) has a google calendar, just to name one of thousands.  I also have a personal calendar that only I can see (separate from my college/work calendar, which lots of people can see).  Google conveniently allows me to put them all in one place.

Google docs may not get as much praise from me, but only because I don’t really have a huge use for them.  Most documents and things I work on are individual projects, not items that need collaboration.  There are a few ways I’d like to incorporate them into my work in the next year, so check back in the fall to see if my opinion has changed based on more use.

In addition to email, docs, and the calendar, I really enjoy a few of google’s other “products,” as they call them.  First and foremost, I use chrome, google’s browser.  It’s very cool and super user friendly (how’s that for a scholarly review?).  One of my favorite products upon discovery is google reader.  I apparently follow a lot more blogs than I originally thought, some personal (Get Rich Slowly, CoeBRAI, etc.) and some professional (Student Affairs Collaborative, ACPA President’s Blog, etc.).  My google reader used to be one of the tabs that automatically opened up with I opened my browser, but when we moved to google for email, I gave up on trying to link my reader account to my coe account, and then stopped reading.  I’ve really enjoyed updating my reader and bringing some “simplicity” to keeping up on what’s going on with blogs I enjoy — a “snack” on my “nourishment,” so to speak.  I also use google chat relatively often (part of being constantly connected, I suppose) and we used google wave for a meeting once.  My connection lagged and I ended up missing a huge chunk of the conversation.  Whoops.  I suggested wave for an upcoming conference call — I’ll update when I know how that goes.

What’s all this mean for me and my journey on Web 2.0?  Well, I continue to realize how entrenched I am in Web 2.0; I don’t think I could dig out if I tried.  My computer is clearly one of my roots, and so now I need to figure out what part of my tree it will become.

A post on the Student Affairs Collaborative blog a long time back talked about social capital, especially in the world of Web 2.0.  I’ll be exploring my own social (read: Web 2.0) capital in the near future.  Hopefully, that includes getting some folks to read my blog!

I’m excited to continue tossing my perspective into this blog, to the point where I mentally wander to topics I think will be exciting while driving.  I’m particularly interested in a recent topic that came up on the SA Collaborative and something that I alluded to in my previous post about meeting students where they are: expertise and control of the “knowledge.”  I’m particularly interested on focusing on forums and other online “communities.”

Got any other ideas you’d like to hear me ramble about?  Let me know.

For now, the light of my life (aka Zoe) keeps trying to rest her head on my keyboard.  I think that means it’s time to wrap.

until next time, ekg

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