Thursday, February 28, 2008
Google Sites ROCKS!!!
Just found out about Google Sites. It appears to be the next step in the Google Tools quest to create a world of online application tools.
"Google Sites, a new offering from Google Apps, makes creating a team site as easy as editing a document. Use Google Sites to centralize all types of information -- from videos to presentations -- and share your site with just a few people, your entire organization, or the world." sites.google.com
I must admit that I haven't been able to do much more than create an account but it is an interesting process:
Google asked for my email address. Since it was Google, I thought that I would insert my gmail account (firstname.lastname@example.org). Interestingly enough, when I hit the Return key, Google responsed with "Sorry, we are not servicing this domain yet." 0-;
So I entered my regular email account at the University of Northern Iowa and it took it. Google Sites told me that it would send me an email to validate the email account.
WOULD YOU BELIEVE that the email the sent me said that they had validated the domain, uni.edu, and it had the UNI Panther connected to it? How connected it that? Actually, I looked at the list of the 20 UNI folks who had discovered this before me and it was good to see that some of them were students in our Educational Technology minor.
This looks like a wonderful addition to the Google tools and it will revolutionize the meaning of collaborative writing/invention/innovation.
First thing I did to keep from having to read anything was to jump to YouTube.com and here is a video that was create by the Google folks. It is narrated by Scott Johnston who was the VP of Product Development at JotSpot.com As you may know, JotSpot was purchased by Google a while ago and this is the first JotSpot product released under Google's name.