Here are some of the Google applications, services and resources that you probably didn’t know about
If you were participating in the program “He knows, he doesn’t know”, if you were playing 3,000 euros on the last question and you had to look for someone who didn’t know, with the question: What is the most popular search engine on the Internet? You could pick up the T-shirt already because it didn’t even save you the joker in the call.
Because Google, with an overwhelming share of the search engine market and with its innumerable tools and services , has entered our lives irretrievably. We all know and use every day something that has to do with the Mountain View company: Maps, YouTube, Gmail, Chrome, Drive, etc.
These are some of the best known, but Google spreads its tentacles over any activity we can imagine . I’m almost sure that, even if you are aware of everything that has to do with technology, you don’t know about the existence of some of the tools that we are going to introduce you to. Here we go.
1. Google Ngram Viewer
It allows us to search or compare words or groups of words among books published from 1500 to the present in different languages and countries. The results are shown in a graph with the axis of the years and the percentage of the total book sample.
It is interesting to know what was talked about and what was published in different periods and if it was done more or less about some topics, being able to check the tendency of popularity of those words in time . Enter “Apple” and “PC” in different languages and see what happens.
2. Google Correlate
It is part of Google Trends and therefore analyses the trend over time of the words we use in searches , related to others. For example, if we put “weight loss” we can see the trend of that phrase compared to others like “calories”, “fat burner”, “parapharmacy”, etc.
We also have the possibility of doing the reverse search , that is, we draw directly on the graph and it will show us the searches that are closest to the curve we have drawn.
3. Google Trends
It’s one of my favorites. A perfect tool to know what the world is, or has been, talking about . You can search by date, categories, countries, languages, etc.
With the function Explore you can find out the trend of searches over time, geographical interest and related searches. A real gem.
4. Google Think Insights
This tool is intended for the more specific sector of entrepreneurs . Apart from advice and information on successful businesses, we have a number of tools at our disposal, for example to analyse websites (PageSpeed) or to optimise advertising campaigns.
5. Google Public Data Explorer
As its name suggests, we find a tool with which we can access, examine and search many (mostly public) databases around the world to make a graphical representation of them. The results can be shown in different types of graphs, with the option of filtering them to obtain the information we really need.
You can make comparisons between categories, link the data with other elements or insert them in our website, updating them automatically, without having to do anything.
6. Full Value of Mobile
It is actually a calculator for knowing the impact that the use of mobile technology in all its variants has on a company’s business .
By entering some simple data such as the number of clicks, visits, purchases over total or conversions, shows us the money generated by the use of mobile devices to buy, book, locate or request information from our business.
7. Get Your Business Online
This Google service offers users a series of resources so that small businesses or local companies can have a presence on the Internet and have the possibility of improving their balance sheets.
It offers tools to start from scratch with a page, interactive lessons and tutorials, tips for search engines, tools for webmasters, recommendations in the use of social networks to attract customers, etc. In short, a good site to start making profits if you are on the net .
8. Webmaster Tools
They are a set of tools for webmasters that offer the possibility of monitoring the traffic of a website , analysing errors and improving the internal functioning of a site.
One of them is Places for companies , a tool that will help us to manage, in an easier way, the presence of our company on the Internet in relation to Google’s services. You can create a business listing to appear in the highlighted results, quickly update your contact information or interact with customers.
9. Google Fonts
Those of us who work in design have been familiar with Google Fonts for some time, a place where we can search for and download font types for our creations . Under Open Source we can freely use free of charge fonts for both private and commercial use.
As usual, we can apply filters to searches, which can be by category (serif, sans serif, handwriting, etc), character type (Latin, Cyrillic, Greek, etc), thickness, height or inclination.
To facilitate the choice, it allows us to customize the sample text of the types, being able to modify some of the attributes of the fonts. A very useful function is to add to the collection with which you can choose the fonts you want and download them all at once in a zip file.
10. Google Developers
A website full of resources for all programmers whose development is related, in whole or in part, to any of Google’s products and services. Naming them all would be impossible, so, let’s go with the main sections of the site.
- Products: we access categories such as mobile device programmer, game programmer, web programmer, AdWords, etc.
- Conferences: on any subject. By means of a planning we know the dates of the meetings and those that are in progress at the moment. By clicking on any of them we can know more about the event data, attendees, etc.
- Showcase: it is the place where the developers show their creations. As a portfolio, you can find very successful applications and others, well, not so much.
- Live: all the potential of the Internet in one place. Live presentations, forum discussions, video streaming, chat, to connect with Google employees, other developers or industry experts.
- Groups: curl up, only for real programmers with capital letters. Eminently technical demonstrations, talks about APIs of any Google technology and even events called code sprints in which developers are limited, in a given period of time, only to write code.
Although it has been with us for a few years now, it is still in the development phase. To start using it you must download the working environment and the editor, available for Windows, Linux or Mac.
12. Google Keep
It’s a simple and easy to use application with which we can take notes of text, voice, photos and checklist. It allows us to automatically synchronize with Drive through all our devices, search and sort them and arrange them in the way we want.
13. Google Sky
It came out as an addition to Google Earth and allows us to explore the universe . You can see the position of planets, constellations and even the birth of distant galaxies as they would be seen from the Hubble telescope itself and from other astronomical observatories.
If you know the name of the galaxy or the name of a star, you have a search field to locate them and you don’t have to put the correct name, because, the application will correct the error if you are wrong.
Which one do you use the most? Did we leave out any that deserve to be on the list? Give us your opinion.
- Here are some of the Google applications, services and resources that you probably didn’t know about
- 1. Google Ngram Viewer
- 2. Google Correlate
- 3. Google Trends
- 4. Google Think Insights
- 5. Google Public Data Explorer
- 6. Full Value of Mobile
- 7. Get Your Business Online
- 8. Webmaster Tools
- 9. Google Fonts
- 10. Google Developers
- 11. Dart
- 12. Google Keep
- 13. Google Sky