55 Ways to Have Fun With Google

If you are like me you use Google a dozen or more times a day.

But do you know about say, the Google Snake Game? How about Googledromes? Memecodes? Googlesport? The Google Calculator? Googlepark and Google Weddings? and then there’s Google hacking, fighting and rhyming?

Well neither did I, but Philipp Lenssen (the author of Google Blogoscoped.) has just released
55 Ways to Have Fun With Google and generously put a Creative Commons PDF / HTML version on his website.

In this book, you’ll find Google-related games, cartoons, oddities, tips, stories and everything else that’s fun.

On the subject of Advanced Google Mail ( I know we weren’t but it seems apropos)

Lifehacker had a post a while back called Become a Gmail master

The first thing you’ll want to do to flex Gmail’s muscle a bit is set up a few labels. If you’re new to labels, think of them as folders, or better yet, tags.

Your email doesn’t have to specifically reside in any folders to be just as accessible. In fact, labels are great specifically because you can apply multiple labels to one email, making you email that much easier to find. Setting up labels is super-easy:

and Smallwire discovered Keyboard shortcuts for every Google webapp

All good geeks know that keyboard shortcuts are the shiznit. I have been a dedicated user of Gmail since I got my hands on an invite over a year ago. I thought I was a power-user until someone told me that you could archive a conversation by pressing ‘y’. “Shortcuts in webapps?!” I screamed. After this mini epiphany/freak-out, I ran around the help files of all my favourite webapps, looking for the shortcuts. Here they are. They’re useful. Go wild.

All in all a bit of reading time seems called for.

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