Guessing you’ve seen the news this week, that Mark Zuckerberg (CEO / creator of Facebook) won TIME magazine’s Person of the Year for 2010? I dig the social network he and his company have provided for us. I’ve used it quite a bit in 2010. I’ve probably met some of you this year thanks to it. But I have to give even more props to another company whose services I’ve used even more. Google.
I started using Google Search years back, when Yahoo! just couldn’t make the cut as a search engine. You can see (image to the right) that Google Maps was the next service that caught my eye. That’s really when Yahoo! (and Mapquest) were left in the dust. I can search and use maps all from the same place? What a concept!
As you read down the list of their services that I continued to appreciate, you can see that Google continued to understand how people were changing. People were getting busy (Calendar) now that they had maps to show them the quickest way to get anywhere, blogs were being consumed quickly (Reader), Microsoft Office just wasn’t seamless enough (Documents) and people wanted to share information online, why wouldn’t an actual web browser make sense (Chrome), might as well let people read their email (Gmail) too, and then finish it off by letting people do all of this on an operating system / mobile devices (Android)?!?! I use each of the eight services listed every day. And those are just the big hitters from this long list of all web services they offer.
I’m definitely a late adopter on Gmail. Many have used it for years. I attempted to use Apple’s default Mail app, but finally caved a few months ago (years after many were using Gmail already) and have gone to checking my email (Google allows me to check 4 accounts in 1 place) in the cloud and not locally. And just last week I even ditched the iPhone for a Droid Incredible, mainly for a better network with Verizon. I love Apple computers, but after using the Droid for a few days I’m not so sure I’d go back – even if the iPhone did come to Verizon. The commercials don’t lie – the Droid just DOES. I’d have to say that I’m using Google’s services at least 3-4 times more than I was in 2009. Both Feedburner (bought by Google this past year) and Analytics (web statistics) are two of their services I also use daily, but are specific to web and blog design / development.
What tech company has won for you in 2010? A few responded on social networks yesterday with companies like Twitter and WordPress. I’d enjoy hearing your choice, and maybe even a bit about why, in the comments below.