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Google Wow

Waking up to the sound of rain in our Airstream is one of the most beautiful sounds, the steady drone of heavy drops ~ like the rhythmic seductive beating of  drum. But unlike most of our mornings on the road, I had an appointment to make! I promised to teach an early morning yoga class, and 5 friends showed uP! Fabulous. 🙂 But after that, I had plenty of time on my hands. A perfect day to spend on the computer, searching and researching.

Google has always been a good place to start for me, and today I stumbled upon a goldmine! Did you know that Google offers more than 70 Google services — from 3D Warehouse to YouTube? I didn’t realize this fact until I installed a Google toolbar add-on in my Firefox browser. The Firefox toolbar rocks! I’ve always been a fan of the Google search engine and my Gmail account, but add an additional 68 features (and growing), you have a pretty behemoth workhorse of a company that is providing useful target services, pretty much for every individual on this planet who uses the Internet! Now that’s an impressive company.

For example, they have Google Transit … kind of like Google Maps but a planning /  scheduling system for the transit systems of more than 446 cities. Now that’s impressive (and as we approach Earth Day, an eco-friendly resource that I want to promote).

Here’s an extensive (but not fully comprehensive) list. You be the judge!

Search

  • Alerts Get email updates on the topics of your choice
  • Blog Search Find blogs on your favorite topics
  • Books Search the full text of books
  • Checkout Complete online purchases more quickly and securely
  • Google Chrome A browser built for speed, stability and security
  • Custom Search Create a customized search experience for your community
  • Desktop Search and personalize your computer
  • Directory Search the web, organized by topic or category
  • Earth Explore the world from your computer
  • Finance Business info, news and interactive charts
  • GOOG-411 Find and connect for free with businesses from your phone
  • Google Health Organize your medical records online
  • iGoogle Add news, games and more to your Google homepage
  • Images Search for images on the web
  • Maps View maps and directions
  • News Search thousands of news stories
  • Patent Search Search the full text of US Patents
  • Product Search Search for stuff to buy
  • Scholar Search scholarly papers
  • Trends Explore past and present search trends
  • Videos Search for videos on the web
  • Web Search Search billions of web pages
  • Web Search Features Find movies, music, stocks, books and more

Explore and innovate

  • Code Developer tools, APIs and resources
  • Labs Explore Google’s technology playground

Communicate, show & share

  • Blogger Share your life online with a blog – it’s quick, easy and free
  • Calendar Organize your schedule and share events with friends
  • Docs Create and share your online documents, presentations and spreadsheets
  • Google Mail Fast, search-able email with less spam
  • Knol Share what you know
  • Orkut Meet new people and stay in touch with friends
  • Picasa Find, edit and share your photos
  • Reader Get all your blogs and news feeds fast
  • Sites Create websites and secure group wikis
  • SketchUp Build 3D models quickly and easily
  • Talk IM and call your friends through your computer
  • Translate View web pages in other languages
  • YouTube Watch, upload and share videos

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