At the Las Vegas STAR convention, attendees learned all about the World of Google from Daniel Bistany, the founder of offNeptune, a web services and social media consulting company. He explained the basics of Google Maps, Google Apps, Google Chrome, Google Index, Google Alerts, Google Buzz, Google Wave, iGoogle, Google Alerts ….yes, the list goes on and on. I found it quite interesting and wanted to share with fellow Google dummies a quick description:
Google Maps – Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions.
Google Chrome – Browser to be used in place of Internet Explorer. Designed to improve speed and security.
Google Index – Quick download which will index everything on your desktop.
Google Alerts – Email updates on the latest relevant Google results based on your choice of query or topic.
Google Buzz – A social networking and messaging tool.
Google Wave – Online tool for communication and collaboration. At this point this is invitation only.
iGoogle – Personalized Google page. You can add news, weather, photos, etc., from across the web to your personalized page.
Where does Google go from here? Well, Google is heading for the clouds — cloud computing, that is. Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software and information, are provided to computers and other devices on-demand, much like a public utility. We will be saying goodbye to those servers in our back offices. I guess with Google the sky’s the limit. Or is it?
If you are interested in learning more about Daniel Bistany and his services, check out his website at http://www.offneptune.com/.