Via the Movable Type maiing list, I read “this post” about Google’s Apps for your Domain, which apparenty is Google Mail, a chat server, a calendar, and a simple web page creator. I have to say it sounds much less than impressive, but apparently many people (including, obviously, Google) think this is a big deal.
The review claims that this is aimed at the small and medium business market, but I can’t see it at all for a small business. Why one would want Google Mail for corporate use instead of just using the free e-mail service provided by every web hosting company I have ever dealt with is not made clear. I don’t know anyone who uses a remote interface for e-mail — it’s all via local mail programs that download the mail locally.
The biggest issue, though, is that I am a technophile who weblogs and tracks social computer trends. I am also starting a small business, and if I hadn’t read this one piece of e-mail on a weblog developers mailing list, I would have no idea that Google was doing this, much less that the product space even existed. Am I really that out of touch, or is Google suffering from some technophilia itself?
P.S. My former corporate home used instant messaging. My memory of that is setting the “away” timer to its absolute minimal value so I would look unavailable as much as possible, and using it to make snide comments about people during meetings with them. Occasionally it would be useful, but it was hardly mission critical.
where the culture isn’t based around an existing process of mailing Word memos as attachments, but instead on IMing links to relevant resources.
Oh, I hated it when people did that. It meant I had to switch over to my e-mail program to cut and paste it in to an e-mail message to myself so that I would have a record of it once the chat session window disappeared. It was just other people off-loading work on to me. Very annoying.