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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Google 十问

I've read two posts today, both of which are concerned with Google. One of them must have been around on the web for long but i am not informed of it until today. I read it from KDnet, It is ten things google finds 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.

I guess some of them are not attributable to google since they are self-evident for all of us, like quick is better than slow. but what makes google great is that it knows which philosophy can help it to make money.

The other post that interests me today is from dougbelshaw, He mentioned a wiki entry at wikispace that is intended to collect the questions to be asked by educators in U.K. in a forthcoming interview with a member of the Google Education Apps. At present, Google Education Apps are available for free for the educators in U.S, and this interview can be seen as a gesture that the UK educators will have a similar privilege to get the service pretty soon.

Some of the questions are exactly the ones I would ask Google:
  1. Do Google anticipate launching a UK Educators program as Google currently organise the US? - KristianStill KristianStill Jan 20, 2008 12:53 pm
  2. Will Google be incorporating Jot wikis into their Google Apps packages anytime soon? - MrBariexca MrBariexca
  3. Are there plans to bring other Google services into the Apps for Education package (notebook would be particularly useful) - mrstacey mrstacey
  4. Are you considering creating two tiers of user as quite a few schools have requested, one for students and one for teachers - mrstacey mrstacey
  5. I love Page Creator! Any chance on getting a table feature? (also, I'd like to work for Google! lol) - badger badger
  6. Have the 'Google Apps Team' got plans to include Google Maps and Google Page Creator as part of the Google Apps package? (Richard Allaway via (Isn't GPC currently one components of Google Apps? )
  7. What do Google Presentations offer that Slideshare, etc. does not? - mrbelshaw mrbelshaw
  8. Is Google planning an official mashup creator for its products (along with others) similar to Microsoft's Popfly? - mrbelshaw mrbelshaw
  9. As many of Google's products form the basics of a VLE, will Google be officially entering a targeted VLE solution over and above Google Apps for Educators? - mrbelshaw mrbelshawWhen will Google have their wiki (Jott) open? How will it integrate with the rest of the Gsuite? via Twitter @dkuropatwa
  10. When will the Google Educator programme open in Canada? via Twitter @dkuropatwa
After reading questions, i have the sense that my colleagues in U.K. are far more fortunate than those in China, since they can appreciate the operation of google's phisophy without needing to worry some of the google services can not be accessed, which is exactly what's taking place in China.

If there is an interview between google apps team and chinese educators, I may ask these questions:

how can google improve its public relation with chinese government so that more people will appreciate the services that google provides for educators?

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