#writerslife: Rethinking Google

It was a little over a year ago when I wrote a post about the negative elements of Google’s Gmail. My complaints were justified at the time [or so I thought at that moment] but since then Google has made some monumental changes to many of its products. I ended up switching to Gmail later that year despite the belief I had about Google being a monopoly. After all, I wanted an email client I could depend on and would work hard to keep the spam at bay. Forget about how I politically feel.

When Firefox Quantum came out late last fall, I jumped on its bandwagon or at least tried to. I ended up looking at an empty page on the browser and I wasn’t able to get past it. I switched to Google’s Chrome. I had many misgivings about it for several months. The time I tried it several years ago, it made me feel overpowered by all the extensions and themes. [Maybe this was what made me dislike Google in the first place.] This last fall though, I made sure I was picky about what extensions I downloaded and I still haven’t selected a theme. Maybe I never will.

Last week I received an email from Google stating they had rewritten their privacy policy [assuming it’s to deal with the European Union] and had made navigation easier within the client accounts. I, personally, didn’t think they needed to do the rewrite. The prior policy was easy to read. However, it is in English, which might make it a challenge for those who have another language as primary. I was impressed with their effort. My opinion of Google has changed because of that email. Was it that employees there have found their hearts?

Chances are my judgment of Google began to chance before their message arrived in my inbox. One of my blogging friends, Jacqui,  is completely hooked on the Google products. Reading her posts about Google has altered my impression of the company slowly but surely.

I still prefer Word to Google’s Docs though. It feels vulnerable to write using Docs even though when my browser is closed, I know I’m still technically online. [Docs is an online product.] Not having the browser bar while typing my life away feels a little safer even though it probably isn’t.

Last week, a couple of days after Google’s email, I decided to move my writing project over to Google Drive. I had had it at OneDrive, which was perfectly fine, but I was reminded there isn’t as much free storage space there and I really didn’t like the navigation at their site. Google gives an optional layout I’m partial to. However, there was a glitch that prevented me from syncing my folders in the drive to offline [which isn’t really offline 😛 ]. I tried reinstalling the exe file twice thinking it just didn’t take the prior times. Obviously, it didn’t work.

I gave the problem a rest for a couple of days. Actually, I was giving myself some space from the problem so my nerves wouldn’t fry. When I went back to it I made the decision to get help with this. I almost emailed Jacqui but decided she’d probably tell me to go to Google’s help center. I wrote about my syncing problem in the forum thinking no one would get back to me. But someone did! And with detailed instructions to find out if it was just a glitch or if there was a bigger problem.

By following the instructions, I discovered where my Google Drive files were hiding and were able to place them where I could easily click to them.

Yes, I sent the person who helped me a thank you.


I guess I’ve joined the ranks of becoming a Google fan.

What have you changed your mind about lately?

Computers allow us to squeeze the most out of everything, whether it’s Google looking up things, so I guess that tends to make us a little lazy about reading books and doing things the hard way to understand how those things work. Buzz Aldrin


7 thoughts on “#writerslife: Rethinking Google

  1. I prefer Word to Google Docs. I’ve tried working with it, in collaboration with some folks who use it, but I still prefer Word. The Office365 Family deal gets enough copies to have it on my devices and my wife’s, and that gives each user 1TB of storage on OneDrive. Although, I still prefer Box to OneDrive, at least as long as I’m not exceeding the free amount I get.

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    1. Yep, it still boils down to all about the cost, doesn’t it? That was one of the reasons why I rethought Google Drive. They give 15GB in their free plan, where OneDrive only gives 5GB. With that said though, I love my OneNote.

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  2. Glynis, you are technically way beyond me. I’m pretty old fashioned and tend to stick with what works for me, and I like docs. But I’m glad you were able to navigate your way through the system and find what works for you. Tome, the computer is a fancy pencil. BTW, my son the computer genius, (didn’t get it from his mama) informs me that everything is already out there in the computer universe. Privacy is a false god. Discouraging, right?

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    1. I’ll go one step further than your son. With all the gadgets we have in our homes, privacy is a thing of the past. What makes us feel secure is no one is really that interested in us as individuals to dig into what they may find when they look inside our lives.

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