It is always surprising to hear when people are not using Google’s free apps to their advantage. A lot of people who are not in the technology or programming industry are either not aware of apps like Gmail or aren’t sure of its benefits. You will see the older generation stick to Yahoo for mail (Yahoo mail) yet to friends in the tech industry, that is laughable!
The advantages of using Gmail.com are endless. For one, it is a free emailing service by Google. It is not only free but is extremely safe, as Google is one of the biggest and most well known leaders in the technology space! However, Gmail is also the gateway to use other well known and useful Google apps such as Google Docs, Blogger, Google Hangout, Youtube, and Google Keyword Tool.
Gmail offers a fair amount of storage; between Gmail, Google Photos, and Google Drive, you have 15 gigabytes of storage available for use. If you need more, a 100 GB of storage will cost you $1.99 per month, which is incredibly low and affordable.
All of these apps are top of the line and can compete with even some of the top software that users have to pay for. For instance, if you want a blogging platform, Blogger is incredibly powerful and easy to use (user interface is something that Google has nailed). You can easily add videos from Youtube or any other video platform. You can upload your own images or from around the web. Blogger also allows you to place tags and much, much more. Ease of use is why it is quite the popular blogging platform.
Google Docs is also extremely useful. Instead of paying hundreds of dollars on Microsoft products, you can use similar products that work better and can be saved in the “cloud”. If you are collaborating with someone on a document, guess what? It’s extremely easy to invite them to edit or contribute to the document. In two easy steps, this can be accomplished. Google Docs includes document like app, as well as an Excel like app, and one like Power Point that work in a very similar way (if not better!)
In fact, if you are a small business owner, Google Docs can do wonders for you. You can organize any essential documents and share as much or as little you need with your co-workers or employees.
Youtube is an equally amazing video app that can do wonders for you. It can be used to upload videos and different settings allow you to keep them private, unlisted (people can only view the video if you share the URL with them), or completely public. You may also include geography tagging (geo tags) for additional search engine optimization.
Combine all of these Google apps and what a powerful and money saving arsenal of apps you have of free and cutting edge technology available to millions of people. In the early 2000s, when some of these apps weren’t as smooth as they are now, or even available (Google Docs), life was just a bit more tougher and much more expensive. Use Gmail to your advantage.