Posts Tagged ‘Gmail’

Google Docs Previews in Gmail

October 19, 2009

Gmail Labs has announced a new feature where Google Docs can be previewed from within Gmail.

Google Docs Preview in Gmail

Google Docs Preview in Gmail

Clicking on “Show Preview” reveals the contents of the Google Doc within the same window while Open in a new window opens another browser window.

Allowing Gmail users to view Google Docs within their Gmail account reduces the amount of keystrokes required to view email attachments.

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Google Fading Homepage

October 6, 2009

Google has begun testing a delayed home page display of additional links for both Google searchers and Google account holders.

Instead of landing on a Google page like the one below –

Regular Google Homepage

Regular Google Homepage

Google users are instead greeted by a link free page.

Google Fade Page

Google Fade Page

The delayed display of links is somewhat novel, but as the day wears on attempts to access gmail and other Google services after having waited for five to twenty seconds to get to a clickable link have grown time consuming and bothersome.

Yes – the delayed display of links will otherwise focus Google users’ attention on Google’s homepage and its understated simplicity something Google’s users may have been taking for granted.

Will doing so at some point aggrevate Google’s audience?

Yes.

It may however be a brilliant public relations move by Google.

When their “test” is over, how many seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years in man hours will have been spent staring at Google’s logo and reinforcing their brand in their audience’s collective mind?

Google Voice Text Message Call Back

September 21, 2009

Today I noticed a feature I hadn’t yet seen in my Google Voice account: Google Voice accounts can have the text messages they receive “returned” with a telephone call set up by Google Voice.

Google Text to Voice Call

Google Text to Voice Call

After a text message has been received, Google Voice will call you and connect you to the text message senders phone. Pretty cool.

Hopefully, Google Voice accounts will eventually see all of their voice account functionality embedded within their gmail account’s user interface.