This morning I woke up at 4:30am to call my bank back in America to do a wire transfer for our Winter Trip to Tanzania (Hiking Kilimanjaro, a Safari, and Zanzabar…yeah….we’re stoked!). I decided to use Google Talk via my Gmail account as I have become increasingly frustrated with the quality of Skype calls and I notice the other day my Google Voice account is now accessible here in Thailand. When I called my bank I let them know I was calling from Thailand, the bank assistant on the other end couldn’t get over how clear the call was. “Are you really in Bangkok, cause this is clearer than most calls I get locally.” There was no delay, no feedback….it was a crystal clear fantastic call.
Then at 7:30am this morning I had a Google Video Chat with some students in a Plymouth State University class (the same class I use to teach online and is now taught by one of the students I had in the program Kim Tufts). Again perfect audio and perfect video.
As I reflect I find that Google is slowly taking over most of my online life. There are already over 1000 people following me on Google+…by far the fastest professional network I’ve grown (more on Google+ changing my network later).
Is this a good thing? I hear people say all the time “I don’t like trusting one company with all my information”. But don’t we do this often?
Most of us only have one bank….we trust them with all our financial information.
Most of us only have one doctor….we turst them with all our medical records.
Most of us have a credit card….we trust them with our credit history.
I choose Google because it works and I trust them.
Am I a Google fan boy? Yes….I’ll admit it…I love their products and there overall approach to innovation. They excel at “Failing Forward” and they’re willing to fail in the name of progress and innovation…..and that excites me.
Here’s a recap of my Google Life:
Professional Network: Google+
Voice over IP: Google Voice
Video Chat: Google Hangout/Gmail Chat
Phone: Android HTC Incredible S
Do I trust Google with all my information?
Just as much as I trust Apple iTunes with my music, books, and podcasts and Amazon with my online purchase history.
At the end of the day you have to trust someone….and to be honest I trust all of these companies more than I trust the hard drive in this computer, or the driver in the car next to me as I write this.
Until they fail me they’ve earned my trust.
Image Credit: Some rights reserved by Alain Bachellier