Monday, September 6, 2010

Google's Got Me

It kind of crept in at first. Like just about everyone else, I've used Google for searching on the internet almost since its beginning. Then I started using Google Calendars because we have some church-wide calendars at work that are on Google, and I found them useful for some of our own departmental needs as well. Admittedly, I've had a few scares when my calendars disappeared for an hour or two at a time, but they've always reappeared eventually, and I've given them the benefit of the doubt. After all, it's very convenient.

Somewhere along the line I started blogging. Using Google Blogger, of course. Next, Vicki and I created a shared Gmail account and began putting some documents online that we both need access to from time to time using Google Docs. Then we decided to finally get rid of our land line phone at home, but we wanted a number we could give out to people that wasn't one of our cell phone numbers. Google Voice came to the rescue. Now I have a personal Google voice number as well. Why? Well, because I can!

Then we took the big step. Android phones. All of this Googly goodness wrapped up in the palm of our hands. Well, not really because we got the Droid X and it's too big to wrap up in the palm of one's hand, but you get the idea. Now when Vicki and I want to chat and not use up texts (we're too cheap for the plan with unlimited texts), we use Google Talk. Because it's there. I'm also beginning to work on a website for sharing Bible resources for a class I'm helping teach in the fall for Vineyard University, using Google Sites (what else would you expect?).

So now I look around and a significant portion of my online life is tied to Google one way or another. And you know what? I'm pretty OK with that. Google is cooler than Microsoft without being as controlling and expensive as Apple. I just hope we don't wake up tomorrow to find out it's been a ginormous hoax all along, that Google really doesn't exist, and that the great Google computing cloud has been blown out to sea, never to be seen again.


ylmurph said...

I think we're safe that Google is here to stay. They did just take a quick cruise, but it was a mini-cruise. It was a three hour tour. They should be back any minute...

jimzartman said...

Maybe google is the fourth beast out of the oceans and will one day reign all... even Mac.
I'm just saying, it could happen.