Gmail goes to next level

My Current Happenings

I’m still around, but like I said in my last post, there’s not much I can do when I’m unemployed and can’t afford to get new computers, tablets, mobile/cell phone or much else really.

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I just wanted to say thanks for hanging in there. Credit: Jo Ann Fitzgerald

However, we are working towards making a new computers up, but have to save like hell to get each component at a time. Its a lengthy process.

Anyhow, I saw this article this morning, yes I’m still reading IT things to keep myself in the loop, and thought I’d bring everyone’s attention to it.

Gmail News

As the title of this post suggests, Gmail is now adjusting their screens and functions of it. I know a few years ago, when we were teaching things like emails to people who had never used them before, we used Gmail.

It was free and pretty easy to use once people understood how to do it.

However, now Gmail is trying to go a bit higher tech by preempting text like your mobile/cell does. They are calling it Smart Compose. Nice name. I can see people going crazy at this. Remember the SMS’s we got where you’d say OMW and it would change it to OWE or something?

Well, the Gmail will be doing the same thing. I can hear the screams already.

How many meme’s have we seen because of this problem? Its like trying to spell annually and getting anally or something. Crazy.

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Example of a preemptive text. Credit

Here’s an article about what Gmail is going to look like and how to turn it on once its made active.

Click here to see a video as WordPress has stopped me from putting videos in my posts now?

Here are some highlights:

When is this happening?

The article says by the end of May 2018.

What’s exactly happening?

Gmail will try and “help” you with what you are typing usually its referred to as preemptive text insertions basically. If you use a mobile or cell phone and you type a message and the phone knows better and changes the word. This is what is referred to as preemptive text.

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Another example. Credit

Honestly, it annoys me to no end. Its like anything, when it works it does it well, but when it doesn’t, then you are forever trying to correct it before you give up saying “Whatever” and throw the phone across the desk.

Will the function be turned on automatically?

According the the article, you can turn it on yourself now as a trial or experimental.

However, they go on to say by the end of the month. If I had to guess, I’d say for those of you who want to try it, it’ll be there by the end of May 2018. However, I’d say they will wait maybe 6-9 months before making it automatic.

My hope and prayer is they make it so if you don’t want to have the stuff turned on, you can go into your settings and turn it off. I don’t know if they will make it that way or not, but we can hope.

Is that all they are changing?

The article does say they are also changing their Smart Actions which has to do with Google Photos. If I’m reading it right, then it will look at the faces in your pictures and try and identify people in them and tag them – just like Facebook used to do until people complained.

I wonder if this is going to get the same complaints as that? We shall see I guess.

However, if Google sees the pictures and locates the person in your contacts, it then shares the picture with them. Hmm maybe not so good.

It will also offer to adjust basics of the picture too like lighting.

In closing, we have seen this stuff already. Some people love it, usually the younger generation I’m finding, but some of us don’t want to be tagged or notified of the picture. The picture basic editing sounds ideal though.

The preemptive text – well I hate that.

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This is me trying to correct the preemptive text messages. Credit

 

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Social Media Type: Social Networks

Most people recognize the term Social Networking, but do you actually know how long they’ve been around? The answer might shock you – since the late 1990’s! They first appeared with Geocities and Tripod; however, they were never very interactive which is why people don’t actually recognize them as being social networks. I know I had an account with each and never recognized it until after I stopped using them.

Types of Social Networks

MySpace & Facebook

Then in the early 2000’s we had the beginning of what everyone termed Social Networking with the creation of MySpace. I do still have a MySpace account; however, I never use it, so don’t try and get me on there. Anyhow, then Facebook was created in 2004 and it took a while for people to realize what it was. However, people like me, created an account as soon as we could. For me, that was in 2006, but I didn’t like it very much, so I mainly used MySpace until 2007 when the major push happened for Facebook. Since then, it’s my main way to communicate with others. I do have a personal Facebook account, but I do not have a professional one.

Twitter

With Twitter, I resisted it because I couldn’t see the reasoning with it. I created this back in 2011 in response to work wanting me to have an account to use for communication. I have to say, in the past 2 years, I can see the need to follow people to have information forwarded to you. However, that being said, I still cannot see it for those of us who only use it to tell everyone what’s going on. Isn’t that way Facebook does and you can add pictures if you really want to. Besides, Facebook doesn’t limit you to a certain amount of characters. I know others love this type of communication, but unless you are a star (TV, stage, screen, music, singer, etc), promoter, endorse or produce products (like a writer or inventor), I honestly cannot see what the use is for Twitter I’m sorry to say.popular social networking 2013

LinkedIn

I could have sworn I had a LinkedIn account in 2007 and stopped using it; however, when I went to look last year, I found that I didn’t have one after all. However, since then, I’ve created a LinkedIn account and have connections made. It seems to be a great little area if you are looking for other professionals to talk about general areas and to reconnect with other professionals you used to work with in past positions. When I lost my job, in early 2013, we were told that this would be a great place to put our information for other professionals to reference when looking for people for positions. I don’t know anyone who has obtained a position this way, but there’s always hope!

Pinterest

It’s only been in the last year that I’ve heard about Pinterest. That being said, it’s only been around since 2010. Again, I couldn’t see the sense in it other than doing things in pictures rather than words. However, I figured this would be a great way to spice up my area of the website, so I created an account in the last month. I can see the marketing potential, but usage as a personal user; I cannot see the use for it but I am willing to try.

Google Plus+

Would you believe I have 2 Google+ or G+ accounts? This is due to being a Learn Local Practitioner (or in layman’s words – I teach pre accredited training to people) and when I started my Certificate IV in Web Based Technologies, the teacher recommended that we start an Google+ account. One account is used for when I am teaching, to access online docs as well as emails and the other is my professional account. I can see it’s a great resource for talking and collaboration on topics.

Ning

I do have a Ning account, again for teaching, but I haven’t gotten around to actually accessing it.

There are many other Social Networks out there; however, I have touched on the more popular ones and ones that I have used. Want more? There is a longer list of social networking sites.

Why People don’t want to join Networks

Some people haven’t joined Social Networking sites. Others have joined, used them for a bit and then cancelled their accounts. Why? Well, there’s a range of reasons why. I have asked people that I know either why they haven’t joined or why they stopped. Below is a few reasons I’ve been told:question with stickman

  • Don’t have the time
  • Don’t see the point, I can get more out of a phone call
  • Too many game & people requests
  • Jokes are all I see
  • I can get all of the news by someone else’s account that I live with, why should I have one?

I’ve had a range of ages, but I have to admit that these are usually people, men and women, over the age of 35. These include workmates, my family, and associates. I have to admit; sometimes I just step away, especially if we’re on vacation or holidays, from social media for a few days. My husband has less social networks, but intends to be more addicted than I am. Do you step away or are you online most of the day?

What do you think? Did I do Social Networks justice or did I get it completely wrong? Do you agree with my assessments for Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google+? Leave a comment and let me know.