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Some Great Google Tools You May Not Know About

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Many of us here at LAist use one or more tools provided by Google every day. For the most part, we all have a Gmail email account and some of us use Google Calendar to keep track of our appointments, story deadlines and most importantly, vacations. You might also have a Gmail account, may be familiar with Google as a search engine to find things on the internet and perhaps you use Google Calendar as well.

However, I wonder if you know about some of the other features that Google has to offer both Macintosh and Windows users. For example, you can use Google's photo sharing site, called Picasa Web Albums, to upload your pictures directly from you Mac or PC and share them with the entire Internet. Of course, there are many other photo sharing sites like Photo Bucket, Zoomer and my personal favorite: Flickr. However, the tight integration that Google provides for its Picasa software (for Mac and PC) and its Picasa photo sharing site makes it a worthy addition to the photo sharing world. The best part is, of course, that its all free.

In fact, all of the services I am describing are free thanks to Google. Other photo sites like Zoomer and Flickr do offer free versions but those version make it so you have to display adds on your pages. They do offer "pro" versions of their accounts but those are not free. In addition to Picasa photo sharing, Google also offers a couple of other services you might be interested in -- especially if you use Microsoft Word or Excel. To what am I referring? Well, its called Google Docs and Spreadsheets and its pretty cool. Essentially, what Google is providing is a web-based tool to create documents and spreadsheets online and then save them in formats that can be read by Word or Excel.