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The Printer

How To Easily Print Anything Remotely

Have you ever needed to print a document or anything while away from your office or out on the road?

I have, and on multiple occasions so in this post I wanted to share a simple solution. Just in case you ever find yourself in this same situation or scenario, here’s what you can do. The advice, the tools, and the setup to do the following is all free.

Google Cloud Print is a really cool technology that connects you and your printers to the web. Using Google’s Cloud Print, you can make all your home and office printers available to anyone you choose right from the applications you use every day. This technology works on your PC, MAC, phone, tablet, or any other web-connected device you want to print from.

Supported Apps and Devices

I was in the field traveling and speaking at a real estate event, but needed to print a rental application for a potential tenant. Google Cloud print allowed me to print from a remote location, email a colleague for pick up, and had the document delivered within the hour. Cloud ready printers include: HP, Epson, Kodak and FedEx.

There is no doubt that you will eventually run into a situation or circumstance where this tool and feature will save the day for you and your clients, make you the hero, and save you a ton of undue and unnecessary stress.  You know what I’m talking about Right?

You can print anywhere and from any device provided you have an Internet connection… and of course a printer! lol~ You can also print remotely to your Google Docs (Now known as Google Drive) or any FedEx office location of your choice. This is not only a huge convenience, it’s Very Cool~

DISCLAIMER: You cannot and will not be able to add paper or new ink cartridges to your printer remotely using Google Cloud printing. But don’t don’t be shocked if Google announces and launches that upgrade in their next round and series of cool tools and services.

This video will explain in more detail and give you some other examples of uses.

 

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Google’s New Privacy Policy & TOS

Google claims they are getting rid of over 60 different privacy policies across Google and replacing them with one that’s a lot shorter and easier to read. Their new policy covers multiple products and features, reflecting their desire to create one simple and intuitive experience across Google. Read their updated Privacy Policy and Terms of Service at http://www.google.com/policiesThese changes will take effect on March 1, 2012.


Here’s a brief overview of what they’re sending out to account holders.

Easy to work across Google:
Their new policy reflects a single product experience that does what you need, when you want it to. Whether you’re reading an email that reminds you to schedule a family get-together or finding a favorite video that you want to share, they want to ensure you can move across Gmail, Calendar, Search, YouTube, or whatever your life calls for with ease.

Tailored for you:
If you’re signed into Google, they can do things like suggest search queries – or tailor your search results – based on the interests you’ve expressed in Google+, Gmail, and YouTube. They’ll better understand which version of Pink or Jaguar you’re searching for and get you those results faster.

Easy to share and collaborate:
When you post or create a document online, you often want others to see and contribute. By remembering the contact information of the people you want to share with, they’ll make it easy for you to share in any Google product or service with minimal clicks and errors.

Protecting your privacy hasn’t changed:
Google’s goal is to provide you with as much transparency and choice as possible, through products like Google Dashboard and Ads Preferences Manager, alongside other tools.  Their privacy principles remain unchanged.  And they’ll never sell your personal information or share it without your permission  (other than rare circumstances like valid legal requests).

Got questions? They’ve got answers:
Visit Google’s FAQ at http://www.google.com/policies/faq to read more about the changes.

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Google is Closing Down Picnik

It’s trueGoogle.com, owners of Picnik.com will be shutting down the site on April 19th, 2012.  I’m totally bummed.  I’m one of those thousands of people that used Picnik’s photo editing tools on a regular basis.  I’m really going to miss this site and all of its easy image and graphic editing features.

Some of the cool features I will miss include:

As a courtesy and step of good faith, they’re now offering the Premium service that many of us have been paying for since Picnik’s launch.  This is a token of their appreciation for leaving peacefully, quietly, and gracefully until they shutdown the site.  Feels a bit like I’m protesting here…  hmmm, I guess maybe I am?!?

On the upside, and of course the unknown side, Google will be adding the Picnik features and tools to the new social media platform they launched last year known as Google+ but only time will tell what they have in store and what will happen down the road.



So say goodbye to Picnik folks
, one of the best FREE and Premium online photo and graphic editing sites I’ve ever had the honor and privilege of using.  I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t extremely disappointed by this move on Google’s part.  🙁

Hopefully, the new Google+ with Picnik like features and tools will suffice.  Another great company has been bought up by Google but will now be gone forever.  R.I.P. Picnik.com.

And just in case they do fall short….
Check Out These Other Options and Alternative Sites:

FREE Online Photo, Image, and Graphic Editing

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Google Considers SEO Not Spam

Matt Cutts from Google provides some great information and many answers to some of the tech related questions that come from end users and SEO (search engine optimization) enthusiasts like us.  The question by many today is, “Does Google consider SEO to be Spam”  and Matt explains clearly that the answer is no.

There are however some points you should be made aware of regarding SEO.

Some of the tips Matt shares in this video are extremely helpful if you’re looking for ways to maximize your own SEO on your site and to rank higher in the SERPS. (search engine results pages) He explains things about white and black hat SEO, page layouts and search-ability, and even how site speed affects your SEO and Google results.  Google is focused and on a mission to produce the best and most accurate relative results in the web search experience.

The bottom line is that having this knowledge is useful, but incorporating it into your online SEO plan is powerful and could have a huge impact on your traffic, your search engine results, your business, and your ROI. (return on investment)  There are some links below the video to some of the sites and tools that Matt mentions in the video.

 

Google SEO Resources, Links, and Tools for Webmasters and Simple minded Users

So Does Google Really Own You

Google – The Good, Bad, and Ugly

Let me start off by saying that I use almost every Google product, tool, and service available on the web.  I drank the Google Juice Cool-aid years ago. It’s hard to imagine that anything like “THIS” could ever happen to someone, and especially to this extreme.  Chris Brogan posted an article on his Blog titled “When Google Owns You” and I have to admit, I was taken back and shocked when I read his post.

The article is about a message Google sent to one of their users out of the blue that simply said this:
Sorry, your account has been disabled. [?]  That’s It!

As a subscriber to the comment thread on Chris’s post, I have to tell you that it is quite alarming to see how many others are or have experienced similar scenarios with their Google accounts.  When I say Google accounts, that means everything you use provided by Google!


Sorry, your account has been disabled. [?]

I received these very words from Google too, but it was only regarding my Adsense account.  No reason, no explanation, not even a real person to contact or to answer any questions.  No help, no human being, and no one to provide any customer support or care whatsoever.  Just “BAM” shut me down!  It’s been over a year now and I’ve let it go, but everyday in the back of my mind it still bothers and somewhat haunts me.

So what about you?  Does Google own you?  Could this happen to you?  How can you answer that if it just happens to people randomly or for no reason at all?  What’s worse and even more alarming is that there’s really not much you can do about it?  Hmm…  got you thinking now doesn’t it?

Have you become reliant and dependent on the Google products, tools, and services as much as some of us have?  Do you fear this could happen to you?  If so, what would you do?  Is this at all disturbing to you?  Can you sleep well at night?  Will you sleep well after reading this and Chris’s post and the comments?  My apologies for being the deliverer of information that may have affected your peace of mind.

Even though Google shocked me with disabling my Google Adsense account, I do still continue to use their products.  WHY?  They are a powerhouse with some amazing tools that still help my business as well as those I try to help on a daily basis.  I just wish I could give folks a little bit more security, comfort, and peace of mind knowing that this would never happen to any of us as long as we play by the rules… but I can’t.

So Does Google Really Own You?

NOTE TO GOOGLE

Googleif you do read this, I realize I’m taking a big risk here, but on the other side of that coin is the potential that you might restore my Google adsense account (like you have others).  I have always played by the rules, supported and stood behind your products and services, and even promoted advertizing with your site to my clients and friends.  I’m sure it’s a long shot and far fetched chance that you’ll even find or read this, but just in case you’ve created a special spider or bot to find articles like these, I’ll go ahead and keep my fingers crossed.

UPDATE: September 15, 2011

This email came in from Google today and I got really excited!  However, when I clicked on the “opt in” link, it still showed my account disabled! 🙁  Now Google is either spamming me or just teasing me because they can…  C’mon guys!!

Google Resources for Everything Google

The rumors, the myths, the unknown, and getting the inside secrets about Google’s search and their other tools and products have seemed like a hidden mystery for quite some time.  Getting answers in the past was more than just challenging, it seemed impossible. We would search the internet to find answers about Google, SEO, how Google search robots and algorithms work, etc. only to discover deep-linked dead ends.

So where does one go to find more information about the secrets, developments, new products, launches, changes, and the inside scoop at Google?  You can start right here.  It’s taken many years to find these Google sites and people that are willing to help answer our questions and that will share information to help us and our online business experiences.

The Google Mystery Tour is Over!

There are some great resources available out there, some better than others, but for those of you just wanting some simple answers to some of those difficult questions you’ve been asking like, “How is Google making improvements to its search algorithm?”  I’ve found a few sites and folks inside and around Google that don’t mind sharing.


Learn about the Evolution of Google search by exploring innovations
, features, and milestones in Search since they were founded way back in 1997. Check out Inside Google Search, you’ll love it!

Sites I suggest if you want to keep up-to-date with Google’s World & Playground

Here’s another post I think you’ll like:  SEO? – Nobody Clicks On Page 2…

Googles New Youtube Reaction on Video

Google, the proud owners of Youtube launched the new “Reaction” feature today on Youtube videos.  Based on what I’ve already seen today on some of my Youtube videos, there’s definitely some mixed reactions not only with the use of this new feature, but the reactions within the feature as well.

Google & Youtube employees are watching and listening close to your responses, comments, and REACTIONS.  Here’s a snippet from YouTube’s help forum announcing the new feature along with addressing some comments from Youtube viewers and users.

“Hello everyone!

You may notice a new feature we added to commenting on YouTube today. Directly next to the comments section when you are watching a video, you’ll find the reactions section. This feature provides a quick way to share your reactions about particular videos and view a concise tally of other users’ reactions. Reactions allow users to react to videos, while hopefully keeping the comments section focused on more meaningful conversations. We created these “tags” from the top short comments left on YouTube. Reactions will also help videos show up more frequently across the site– in browse, search and recommended videos– allowing users to find interesting new videos to watch. 

A few more details:
* You must be signed-in to use the feature
* You can only vote on a video once
* Reactions are only visible through the drop-down menu and nowhere else on the site
* Reactions are linked to comments– if you want to disable reactions on a video of yours, please disable comments

We’re definitely still working on this feature and will be making some changes, so please give us feedback!

Alyssa” (Google Employee)

See Original Posting and Comments Here

So what exactly is the purpose of this new feature?  Will it help or hurt your video’s exposure, ranking or SEO?  Does anyone really care about the reactions of others and isn’t that what the commenting section is for anyway?  Only time will tell what this new feature will evolve to but my first “reaction” is very neutral at this point until I see its true value and understand the real benefits or faults of its use over time.

I do love that Google and Youtube are always striving for bigger, better, faster, and more efficient ways to improve the online user experience, I’m just not sold on this particular feature as falling into any of those categories.

Just my two cents…

The Google Plus + Facebook Battle

Jimmy Mackin made the comment and asked the question in the tech support group for real estate agents on Facebook, “Google+ is about to hit 10,000,000 users. That’s approximately 5 Million new users per week. Can anyone guess (without Google) how many new users Facebook averages per week?

My email inbox these past few weeks has been flooded with notifications of all the circles I’m being added to, and now I’m adding hundreds to my custom created circles as well.  Is Google + the newest, latest, and greatest way to finally sort through our social media contacts and connections and get them organized once and for all?

Will Google + be the final frontier and platform that will surpass the legends and impressions made by Facebook, the world’s dominating leader of social media platforms?  My Google + circles are evolving, easy to follow, more concise and complete and there’s a lot less non-sense going on with those In the circles I follow.  

Only time will really tell folks, what’s your thoughts?


Image/Info-graphic courtesy of TechnoBombs.com

Google.com and Box.net in the Cloud

Google and Box.net are Accelerating the cloud workforce. Box.net now allows Google docs to be shared on the Box.net website making it convenient to store, edit, collaborate and more with the combined forces now meeting in the cloud.

“we’re very excited to announce a major integration with Google Docs, Google’s leading web productivity suite. Beginning today, Box’s 6 million users can easily create and collaborate on Google Docs and Spreadsheets from within Box, as well as edit the existing 50M+ Word and Excel files already stored on our platform.” READ MORE HERE

Give them both a try and since each of the services is FREE, save yourself a few bucks purchasing any offline software, have some peace of mind, and sleep better knowing your content is safely stored out on the web and in the cloud.


The Great Mobile Technology Movement

Think Mobile with Google

The Unprecedented Mobile Technology Movement

Some very interesting points are made about mobile technology, where it is today, and where it’s going tomorrow.  Who will be in the game, who will succeed, and who will fail?  One thing for sure is that the mobile technology movement has already made more impact on small and large businesses across the globe.

More than any other product and in any time period ever!

 

There are currently over 5 Billion mobile phones owned by consumers and each device is capable of providing at least 10 daily tools and uses minimum for its owner.

Telephone calls, GPS mapping, Google searches, Internet browsing, text messaging, photos, videos, social media access, email, games, calendar, contacts, music, apps, voice memos and much more.  So what is the “Call To Action” for the independent contractor, the small business owner, you and I who are out in the trenches using mobile technology everyday?

You need to act now!