Google apps galore

In the past two days, I found out Google can do these things:

1) From sellsius - Find a business on google maps and initiate a free phone call by entering your phone #. Google calls your phone and connects you to the business.
2) From Future of Real Estate Technology - Enable google apps like gmail and google calendar within your own domain. Benefits - your company accesses email via the solid gmail interface and can use other Google features like calendar and IM. And almost no spam!
3) From Future of Real Estate Technology - Google Calendars for your pda phone. If you're like me and rely on others to add appointments to your google calendar, this Goosync tool is an indispensable sync for Treos and other pda phones.

It was only theory about two years ago on how Google could replace the MS desktop apps - - no one could imagine online Office apps in practical terms, perhaps because online apps needed refreshes and were liable to crashes/hangs or even accidental window closings. I write this post on google docs and it's just as easy as Word... it's always "saving" and I can collaborate easily.

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  • 11/19/2006 8:32 AM Reggie Nicolay wrote:
    Google never stops amazing me. Their culture breeds innovation. They have the ability to think outside the box and listen to their users. Thanks for sharing sellsius article on “Google connect.”
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  • 11/19/2006 1:44 PM Kevin Boer wrote:
    Google's stable of web-based apps continues to grow and amaze me. One of their latest one is Google Notebook, which allows you to "clip" information you find on the web, annotate it, move it around, etc., -- on any computer with a browser!
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  • 11/19/2006 9:30 PM Loren Nason wrote:
    Thanks Pat.

    I think Google is going to be the 800 pound Gorilla MS will have to be careful of, they are a super power of innovation. And they are moving faster than MS is right now.

    Kevin, I've never seen Google Notebook I'm gonna have to check that out.

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  • 11/19/2006 10:21 PM 3OceansRealEstate wrote:
    [...] Inspired by Pat Kitano’s recent post on Google Apps, which in turn was inspired by Loren Nason’s musings on real estate technology, I thought I would chime in on the discussion about cool tech tools [...]
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  • 11/19/2006 10:24 PM Technology for Real Estate wrote:
    [...] Can this be true? I recently heard Pat Kitano talking about this new service. Sure enough, when I used Google Maps to search out a business I learned this is right on! [...]
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    1. 11/19/2006 10:28 PM Pat Kitano wrote:
      Thanks all for your input on google apps and more... keep them coming... I've migrated to the google platform all except for outlook... google and firefox are the competitive stimuli we've been waiting for to get MS to move their butts...

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  • 11/19/2006 10:28 PM Barrett Niehus wrote:
    Google is taking its lead from what Microsoft did during the early years of the net. Develop what you can and buy everything else. If the market continues to like their investments they should have plenty of cash to keep buying cool new technology.
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  • 11/20/2006 7:43 AM REBlogGirl wrote:
    Lovin' it! Thanks for the post, Pat. We use Google apps everywher on our blogs. Howevr, one of the most interesting things we heard straight from the horse's mouth (Paul Rademacher of Google and creator of the very first Mashup) is that including Google Gadgets on your site increases traffic substantially. So, go go gadget traffic!
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  • 11/21/2006 8:53 AM geno petro wrote:
    Pat, not sure if you've written about this already but if not, check out '' Google's developing it. I use it a lot now. It has a totally different look--you wouldnt recoginze it as a Google project.
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    1. 11/21/2006 8:47 PM Pat Kitano wrote:
      Very cool Geno! Just started playing with it this evening and I'll test it for a while.... I caught up with your newest articles at your Chicago's Home... looks good!

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      1. 11/21/2006 8:54 PM geno petro wrote:
        Thank you. G
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  • 11/21/2006 7:56 PM Maureen Francis wrote:
    Thanks, Pat. I've loved writely and ditched msword. I am not a microsoft hater, but this stuff from google is fun. Mary's point about using google apps is interesting.
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    1. 11/21/2006 8:04 PM Pat Kitano wrote:
      Hey Maureen, I notice from your blog your new GM is a tech buff... he should be looking at all the interesting RE tech suggestions floating on our blogs, including possibly implementing gmail and other google apps into your company's domain. My next article introduces a couple of new RE tech blog - in aggregate, the tech blogs act as our collective IT support department...

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  • 12/6/2006 9:04 AM jf.sellsius wrote:
    Google blog is a good place to get all the latest apps and news. It's a must for your feedreader. Also try Google News Alerts (add that to your reader as well)
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  • 1/6/2008 9:12 AM Orlando Real Estate wrote:
    This is why google can't be touched by any of the other search engines. They are so far advanced in everything they do.

    Good to see someone is actually ripping of some of the ideas from microsoft though and improving upon them.

    Great post, thanks for the tips.
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