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Well, actually, I did know…

… at least some of these things.

It doesn’t take long when you’re reading about things online to run across a post that is titled XXX Things You Didn’t Know About Google.

How did they know I didn’t know about them?  <grin>

When you’ve been around the internet block once or twice, you do tend to use features and don’t really think about them.  Certainly, I wouldn’t put them into a post although it used to be fun to do various things online during workshops.  The more we spread the knowledge, the better we all become.  I’m a firm and continuous believer in that.

Having said that, I still click through and read the posts.  There’s something powerful about being able to say to myself – hey, I already knew that.

On the other hand, it’s even more powerful to find a feature that I truly didn’t know about or had forgotten.

Such was the case with some recent reading.  I love it when there’s a takeaway that makes me know just one more thing.

17 incredibly useful Google products and services you didn’t know existed

Hah!  I was ready to add 17 checkmarks upon first skim until I saw this.

  • There’s a “Manual” feature in Google Translate that lets you draw characters or symbols.

This really makes sense if you don’t want to load a different language keyboard.  I’m not sure how often I would use it but it was fun to play around with.

10 Google Services You Probably Didn’t Know – Extended

There was nothing new here – especially when some of the services in the post were exactly the same as in the collection above!

17 surprising things you didn’t know you could do with Google

What’s with the number 17?

I thought this was going to be another repeat, this time from MSN, but it was different (and dated).

  • The cheapest airfare from all the major travel booking websites at once

I didn’t know this.  I always use Hipmunk for that sort of thing.

With this bit of knowledge, I could now start my own travel agency!

10 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Google

Then, I hit the gold mine with this one.  Really not a service but certainly will put me over the top during any trivia challenge.  I only knew a couple of things from this post but now know:

  • What was the first Google Doodle
  • The First Google Storage Was Made From LEGO – really?
  • Google’s First Ever Tweet
  • Google’s First Ever “Company Snack” Was Swedish Fish
  • The Google Logo Was Not Centered Until 2001
  • Google Has a Company Dinosaur

I’m not sure what I’m going to do with all this new found knowledge but it was fun learning!

Why aren’t there any posts about services from Microsoft I don’t know about?  Well, here’s one 10 THINGS YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT MICROSOFT.


2 responses to “Well, actually, I did know…”

  1. I knew most of the things about Microsoft. One thing I would correct there is that Bill Gates was already rich when he was a high school student. But then most of his classmates were as well. Not as rich as he is now though.


  2. I found one from your lists I didn’t have in my Google A-Z document ( Input Tools. Thanks for the lead.


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