Inspired Tech: Google as Your Solo Nerve Center

Blogger Steve Rubel of Micro Persuasion offers up a phenomenal look at how to turn Google and its robust suite of free offerings into your very own communications powerhouse – a nerve center for all your tech-based communication needs. The highlights:

  • How to turn Gmail into a massive personal database (Gmail + the Google Toolbar)
  • How to get real-time news updates in Gmail (Gmail+ Google Talk + Twitter)
  • How to automatically store your bookmarks in Gmail (Gmail + + Yahoo Alerts)
  • How to manage Calendar and To-Dos in Gmail (Gmail + Backpack + GCal +  GTalk + iMified)
  • How to blog from Gmail (Gmail + WordPress/TypePad/Blogger + IMified)

Part of being an Inspired Solo is using old tools (or already existing tools, in this case – can’t call some of these apps “old”) in new ways. “Thinking outside the box” might be a tired cliche by this point but the concept that it captures will never become tired. It’s too valuable, especially to cash-strapped solos who need to stretch those dollars farther than their big-firm counterparts.

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