Well, I’ve made the jump to all things Google, inspired in part by losing my entire Outlook archives during an attempt to regain hard drive space. (Yes, I’m an idiot. Please see the note at the end of this post if we actually know each other.)
So, for all you Google application vets, what tips can you give regarding how to maximize GMail, Google Reader, and Google Calendar?
With Google Reader, how do you use the “star” function? If I’m just browsing, but don’t want to take time to read things until later, how do I keep track of them? (Certainly there must be something better than having 20 tabs open in my browswer as I’ve done in the past. Duh.) And what do I do with blog posts I want to be able to reference later—like months later? Bookmark them? Is there a long-term cataloguing feature? Do you even bother going to actual blog sites anymore? Can you get notified of comments on certain threads via Google reader if you wish? If so, do you integrate Google Reader or a comment featuer with Gmail so you’re notified of new comments without checking back? I’m a rookie. Help! :)
As for Google Calendar and Gmail, is it a nuisance having a calendar and email archives that aren’t available when you’re offline? Or is the way to have data available on my hard drive? Or do you keep another calendar and address book in addition to Google?
Do you keep a window open with these Google features all the time? (For example, I had Outlook running just about all the time.)
I’m sure these questions seem ignorant, but the concept of online info vs. hard drive info seems like it would have drawbacks in addition to obvious advantages. Yes? And what else do I need to know?
Thanks in advance!
Important: If you and I email each other, even occasionally, please send me an email so I can add you to my new address book. Your address has been sent into oblivion along with the rest of my Outlook data. Sorry.