Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.
PHILOSOPHY - 10 Things Google has found to be true
1. Focus on the user and all else will follow.
2. It's best to do one thing really, really well.
3. Fast is better than slow.
4. Democracy on the web works.
5. You don't need to be at your desk to need an answer.
6. You can make money without doing evil.
7. There's always more information out there.
8. The need for information crosses all borders.
9. You can be serious without a suit.
10. Great just isn't good enough.
Google Apps for Non-Profits http://www.google.com/a/help/intl/en/org/index.html
Offers a suite of applications that includes documents, webmail, shared calendars, shared web sites (wikis), instant messaging, contact management and a Start Page for creating a customizable homepage on a specific domain.
Allows staff and outside contacts to communicate and collaborate online
It's all FREE and hosted "in the cloud" by Google, so there's no hardware or software to download, install or maintain. Email ncludes anti-virus software and spam filtering.
You can get up and running quickly, even if you don't have any technical experience, and if you don't have an internet domain yet, Google can help you register one when you sign up.
Google Docs http://www.google.com/google-d-s/intl/en/tour1.html
Provides a free web-based word processing, spreadsheet and presentation programs that allow you to create and edit documents from anywhere and collaborate with multiple people at the same time.
Create basic documents from scratch or start from a template.
Choose who can access your documents. Just enter the email addresses of the people with whom you want to share a given document and send them an invitation. Share instantly. Anyone you've invited to either edit or view your document, spreadsheet or presentation can access it as soon as they sign in. Edit and present with others in real time. Multiple people can view and make changes at the same time. There's an on-screen chat window for spreadsheets, and document revisions show you exactly who changed what, and when. Anyone logged into a presentation can automatically follow along with the presenter.
Publish your work as a web page. You can publish your documents online with one click, as normal-looking web pages, without having to learn anything new. Control who can see your pages. You can publish to the entire world, just a few people or no one. You can also un-publish at any time. Post your documents to your blog. Once you've created a document, you can post it to your blog. Google Docs supports posting documents to most of the popular blog sites, as well as to any blog that supports the Blogger, metaWeblog or MovableType APIs. Publish within your company or group. With Google Apps, it's even easier to share important documents, spreadsheets and presentations within your company or group.
Google Docs - Examples https://www.google.com/a/infolineinc.org
Organize your schedule and share events with friends
See the big picture - With Google Calendar, you can see other schedules right next to your own; quickly add events mentioned in Gmail conversations or saved in other calendar applications; and add other interesting events that you find online.
Share events and calendars - You decide who can see your calendar and which details they can view. Planning an event? You can create invitations, send reminders and keep track of RSVPs right inside Google Calendar.
Stay on schedule - You can set up automatic event reminders, including mobile phone notifications, and instantly bring up anything on your calendar with the built-in search tool.
Offers features for communicating with coworkers and the general public. Instant messaging — Chat with Google Talk and Gmail contacts in real time. Free PC-to-PC voice chat — Talk to anyone else for free who's online and has the Google Talk client. Send and receive voicemails — If the person you're calling isn't available, you can leave a voicemail.
Unlimited file transfers — Send files to your contacts. There are no file size or bandwidth restrictions. Gmail notifications on your desktop — Notification of new messages in your Gmail inbox.
Chatback Badge - Offer free live chat on your web site.
Google Friend Connect http://www.google.com/friendconnect/home/overview?hl=en_US
Quickly add social features to your web site or blog.
Build your community Anyone can join your site and discover other members by using information from a variety of services, including Google, Yahoo, Twitter, AOL, Orkut, and Plaxo, strengthening your community as visitors become members.
Increase engagement Choose social features from a catalog of gadgets created by Google and the OpenSocial developer community to keep your visitors more deeply engaged with your site and with each other. Includes polls, ratings/reviews, recommendations, member profiles and more listed here .
No programming required Copy and paste a few snippets of code into your site, and Friend Connect does the rest.
Search or browse for information Want to learn about car repair? Have a question about computers? You can find a discussion or a group about it. Make a group of your own Why not start your own group for your organization or topic? Creating a group is easy – just pick a name and start inviting members. Join a group Find something you like? Join right away, or request an invitation if it's a private group.
This service is very similar to the Yahoo Groups service used by the AIRSNetworker and others.
Googe News gathers information from nearly 10,000 news sources worldwide and presents news stories in a searchable format within minutes of their online publication
Personalized News: Enables you to get news tailored specifically to your interests. You can personalize your own Google News homepage by creating new sections from your favorite searches and mixing and matching existing standard sections from the regional and language editions of Google News.
Google Alerts http://www.google.com/alerts?hl=en
Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic.
Some handy uses of Google Alerts include:
Monitoring a developing news story
Keeping current on an industry
Tracking stories about your agency
Google Custom Search http://www.google.com/coop/cse/
A Custom Search Engine is a tailored search experience, built using Google's core search technology, that prioritizes or restricts search results based on websites and pages you specify. Your Custom Search Engine can be tailored to reflect your point of view or area of expertise. With a Custom Search Engine, you can:
Apply your website's look and feel to the search results page.
Provide search refinements within results pages to make it easier for searchers to find the information they're looking for.
Invite friends and trusted users to co-edit and contribute to your search engine.
Once you've defined your search engine index, Google will give you a simple piece of code for a search box to place on your site or blog. You'll then have the option to choose various customization options to make the look and feel and functionality of your search engine your own.
Google Earth is a virtual globe that lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, data sets and more. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others.
Google Earth Enterprise and Google Earth Pro enable businesses and organizations to harness the power of the Google Earth platform to integrate, organize and publish their organization's location data, and/or support strategic decision-making based on locational datasets. Google Earth provides a powerful, intuitive platform for supporting government agencies and empowering citizens in sharing and accessing geographic information for critical needs such as disaster relief and emergency assistance. A FREE upgrade to Google Earth Pro (valued at $400) is available to qualified non-profit organizations.
Offers Google products are built specifically for mobile devices.
Maps: Get draggable maps, directions, local listings, satellite imagery, and live traffic info, all on your mobile device. Available on hundreds of devices, in a wide variety of countries.
Gmail: The fastest way to access
SMS: Use text messaging to get quick info from Google, including local listings, sports scores, weather conditions, real-time flight info, and much more.
YouTube: Watch, upload, and share videos
Calendar: Check your Google Calendar from anywhere on your mobile device.
News: Stay informed of global and local events by accessing top headlines and searching for articles.
Blogger: Snap a picture, write a message, and post to your blog from a mobile device.
Picasa Web Albums: View your photo albums on your mobile device.
NOTE: Google doesn't charge you to access Google products from a mobile phone, but depending on your service plan, you may be charged by your mobile provider for text message or data network usage. Check with your provider for more information about fees associated with accessing the Internet from your mobile phone.