You know how Google fills out the search results (if you don’t type very quickly), well I was looking for an image that would have both a woman and a yellow pages in it, so I typed “Woman with…” and here’s what I got back:
Ten days behind the “Great Firewall of China” and for me that meant no Google, Facebook, Twitter and WordPress. The big surprise for me was how central Google had become to my life… and how replacements like Bing really didn’t cut it.
I hadn’t realized how much I liked just typing things like “red sox” into my mobile or laptop browser to instantly see the results of the game:
Bing would bring back links to the Red Sox website, the MLB website, etc. I would have to drill into these sites just to see how badly the Red Sox lost!
My email (both personal and work) is hosted on Gmail so I set up Apple’s native Mail.app to work with my email while I was in China. Boy does that application stink. Google’s webmail client is so superior, it’s hard to believe.
I was totally surprised that I couldn’t use Google Maps. I don’t know why, but I figured that wouldn’t be blocked. Oh, but it was. So I used Apple Maps on my iPhone to get around, but I have to say the search features on it are way worse than Google Maps.
For example, my new friend Carlos suggested that I visit an area of Shanghai named Xintiandi. Apple Maps gave me pretty shitty results when I searched for Xintiandi:
I guess it’s sort of my fault, right? I mean am I looking for a street, a subway stop, or what? I don’t really know, but neither does Apple Maps.
Of course, our friends at Google have no problem handling this ambiguous request:
Like with Bing, this then required me to go out of Apple Maps, look up Xintiandi in Wikipedia, look at their map, and then be like “oh, ok” before dropping a pin on Apple Maps to get to my destination.
They do a good job at Google, and I guess I hadn’t really realized it. I return from China with a new appreciation for them.
Google of course has a close relationship with salesforce.com, so a little digging into the code behind the Google Glass reveals some pre-built integration with some features that are frankly amazing. Thanks to a source close to the Glass project I’m excited to show you what past generations of sales people would consider magic:
1) Facial recognition of contacts
When properly linked together your Google Glass and salesforce.com can be used to pull up contact profiles by matching the photo stored in Salesforce with the person that you’re seeing.
2) Activity creation
As almost all sales people hate entering activities into any CRM system, Google Glass has a special feature which will watch you as you go through your various daily appointments in your Google Calendar and log the proper activities automatically in Salesforce.
The next release will have a feature to mark certain activities as “private” so they don’t get automatically created as activities, but in the meanwhile be mindful of what you’re doing while wearing Google Glass.
3) Sales coaching
For a small monthly fee, sales managers can now directly observe and record the sales calls that their teams go on. No more flying to Indianapolis for that sales call just to watch Joe Salesman pitch a client. Now sales managers can provide feedback both after the call has ended or in real time!
I’m sure as time goes on we will find many more uses for the integration between these two great products.
Adam is a senior vice president at Cloud Sherpas, one of the world’s leading Cloud Solutions Providers.
OK – let me be the first to say “duh!”, but Facebook is pretty good.
Dispte trying to be up on new technology things, it’s been a phenomenon that I’ve staying away from mostly because of this notion that it was like MySpace — filled with kids and non-interesting content. Nol sent me an email suggesting I join because he had just reconnected with a bunch of people from our childhood summer camp. And Alex Grossman had been inviting me to the site for years it seems.
Anyhow, it really has been fun to reconnect with people from high school and Cornell that I haven’t been in touch with in many years. It seems that some people are more into it than others — sending all these strange gift and snowball requests — but why not? It can be fun to be connected in a society that seems to isolate people.
What really amazes me about it is this idea of feeling much more connected to people through Facebook than through email or other on-line mechanism. Perhaps it’s the pictures, or the sense that you get for what people are doing during their days, or the mix of stuff.
There are definately enough employees, customers and prospects on Facebook for it to supplant LinkedIn for business connections. I like LinkedIn, but it’s not really that compelling. It’s useful.