How to Unsend a Message in Gmail or Google Apps

Everyone has sent an email that they wish they had not. Now imagine that you had the power to unsend that email!

Google is now allowing users to unsend an email that was sent out for up to 30 seconds.

To set up the unsend feature, you need to take the following steps:

1 Sign into your Gmail/Google Apps account.

2. Click on the gear button in the top right hand corner of the screen. A drop down menu will appear.

3. Once the drop down menu appears, click on settings. The settings section is where you can manage your email.

4. On the settings page, scroll down to the undo send feature. Make sure to click the box to enable the feature. Gmail gives users a choice of how long they can cancel a sent email. 5, 10, 20 or 30 seconds after it is sent.

When you send a message on Gmail, you are prompted to view the message or undo it. If you decide to undo the message; a window pops up with your original message.

This is how you can unsend an email on Gmail/Google Apps.

I have included a video from Tricks Tac on how to set up and use the unsend feature.

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How to Collaborate using Google Drive

 

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      Google Drive offers people a great way to collaborate and share ideas. Teachers and business professionals alike can share documents and presentations along with editing them. In today’s world, we all need to collaborate to be successful. Google Drive has made my life a whole lot easier.

           Google Drive allows users to organize their documents and presentations in folders. These folders can be shared with other users, where documents and presentations can be viewed and edited; making collaboration very easy. Setting up Google Drive is quick and easy. The first thing that you need to do is create a Gmail account. Once you create a Gmail account, you can access a host of Google’s products and services from the drop down window in the browser.

           Google offers a suite of products inside of Google Drive. The products include: Google Docs which is similar to a Microsoft Word program, Google Slides which is similar to Microsoft PowerPoint and Google Sheets which is similar to Microsoft Excel. When you create and/or edit something, it is saved to the cloud automatically; you do not need to hit save or save as as you would have to with Microsoft’s products. Being that Google Drive is cloud based, my computer and hard drive are freed from having to store large files; allowing my computer to keep up its processing speed. I can also view and edit documents/presentations on multiple devices; which is something I could not do if I simply saved it on my computer. I appreciate this feature being that I am constantly on the go.

            Google Slides are also great for presentations where you want to use video. You can copy the video link from YouTube and embed the video-player in the slide. This allows your presentation to flow without having to stop to search for a video. You will also save time when creating your presentation.

            Google Docs can be downloaded to a Microsoft Word file and/or a PDF. Google Slides can be downloaded to a Power Point format. This makes sharing documents with non Google Drive users a snap. Simply attach the converted file to an email or just print it out. Word documents and PowerPoints can also be uploaded to Google Drive where you will be given the option to edit the document or presentation in its Google Drive format. (Google Docs, or Google Slides)

            Google Drive also offers users the ability to create forms with a service called Google Forms. Google offers a Google Drive App for mobile devices and the Desktop letting users quickly access documents and presentations without having to go through the browser; which saves users valuable time.

         Google Drive is a very valuable resource. Individual users can sign up for free.

         Don’t take my word for it; try it for yourself.
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How to Setup Google Analytics on Your Website and Blog

Google Analytics is a great way to monitor your efforts online. It allows you to see how many people are visiting your site, the duration of their visit, what content they are looking at and from what network. You can also see what country they are from. Another thing you could do is to set custom goals to check for certain things. The site allows you to measure the amount of traffic that comes from social networks. To access this, just click under the social tab under traffic sources. Google Analytics also lets you track your Adwords campaigns. I use Google Analytics for my website and tumblr blog.

Today I am going to discuss how to setup Google analytics for your website and blog. The first thing that you will need to get started is a Gmail account. Now with your Gmail account, go to the Google Analytics website. You will need to click the create an account button. Next you will be asked to login to you Gmail account. You will then be asked to create a profile and add the website URL that you want to track. You can also provide your time zone. Once you provide this, the site will provide you with a tracking code. Next, you will need to copy and paste this into the html section of each page of your website or blog. If you have done this correctly, you will see that the tracking code is installed.

You will start to see statistics about your visitors within a few hours. It is important to note that WordPress.com offers Google Analytics as a paid upgrade. WordPress provides users with a set of analytics.

Now you are using Google Analytics.

Building your Personal & Corporate Brand using LinkedIn

Use of social media is essential in personal and corporate branding.  The networks that brands should be on are LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Google+. Writing blogs and having websites are also essential for building a brand.  Today I am going to discuss how to build your brand using LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a professional networking site that allows people to search for jobs and connect with people they know. You can also make new connections on the site. Right now, 135 million people around the world are using LinkedIn.

The Basics

LinkedIn allows users to sign up for free. To get started you need to do the following.

1 Click on the join today tab.

2 Enter a first and last name.

3 Enter a valid email address.

4 Create a password.

Creating a profile

Once you have created a password you, will need to identify your geographic location and provide information about your employment status. LinkedIn asks you to provide your employment history along with your educational history. The amount of information you provide is up to you but the more relevant information you supply the better. This is because a complete LinkedIn profile shows up better in search results. The LinkedIn profile is the digital resume.

So what elements do I need to complete a profile?

1 Provide information on your current position. If you do not have a position, create one on your ideal career or position. There is no excuse to leave this blank if you are unemployed.

2 Provide information on your previous two positions.

3 Write a professional summary that provides information that describes past accomplishments along with what you can do for potential clients and employers. You should also describe what type of position or client you are seeking.

4 Upload a professional picture that will make your profile look more attractive.

5 Create a professional headline in 160 characters or less. If you leave this blank, LinkedIn populates this with your latest position. My advice is to create your own catchy headline to captivate readers to read your profile; unless you have a great position and have achieved your career goals. The professional headline provides you with an opportunity to quickly sell and market who you are and what you do.

6 Fill out the specialties section with keywords related to what you do. Your idea is to use keywords to optimize your LinkedIn profile to come up in searches on LinkedIn.  Also fill out the skills section and interests section.

7 Connect with customers, colleagues, bosses and professors. To do this quickly, upload your address book from your email account into LinkedIn. LinkedIn will identify which members in your address book are already members. You can then decide which members you want to invite to join your network. LinkedIn is based on a network of first, second and third degree connections. First degree connections are direct connection. Second degree connections are a connection of a connection or a friend of a friend. Third degree connections are friends of second degree connections. You can connect with people by entering an email address for them, indicating that you share a group with them, stating that they are a colleague, stating that you have done business, together or by stating that you were classmates. Make sure not to abuse the contact form otherwise you will have to enter email addresses every time that you connect with someone.  Inmails are a premium feature that allows you to contact people anyone on LinkedIn. This is good if you are not able to reach a person through traditional means. Basic accounts on LinkedIn also provide a feature called introductions. Basic accounts allow five introductions. This feature allows you ask one of your connections to connect you with one of your connections.

8 Get recommendations.  Once you have first degree connections, you can ask them to recommend your work. To do this, click on the profile tab and click on the recommendations link in the drop down menu. This will allow you to choose the position you want to be recommended for. Once you have identified this position you then can send out a request to your connection for a recommendation. Recommendations are social proof and are a great way to boost your credibility online. LinkedIn requires three recommendations for your profile to be considered complete. For recommendations from non LinkedIn members, use the Slideshare and Box plugins.

9 Use the three profile links LinkedIn provides in the website section of your profile. I would include the following links, your website, your blog, your Facebook page, your YouTube channel and your Google plus page. The sites you choose are up to you. LinkedIn also provides users with two additional Links for Twitter accounts. In other words, LinkedIn provides you with up to five touch points to connect with people and to showcase your work.

10 Make sure to make your profile public. LinkedIn allows users to create a custom URL to make it easier for users to find them. I would make the address one that easily identifies you.  My public profile URL is http://www.linkedin.com/in/dangalante .

These are the 10 steps to create a complete LinkedIn profile that will be optimized for search on LinkedIn.  Also public profiles are indexed in search engines such as Bing, Google, and Yahoo. It is important to know that you can determine what activity that you share. You also have the option to hide your connections from your 1st Degree connections. The settings tab will allow you choose options.

Make sure to share content and status updates with your network to engage them. LinkedIn allows people to like and comment on posts. Status updates can be shared on Twitter, with groups and with individuals. Another thing that you can do to build your brand on LinkedIn is to join groups. LinkedIn allows members to join up to 50 groups. I would target industry groups or groups that match your interests. Groups are great places to facilitate discussions. I would also recommend creating a group. This is easy to do. I have provided a link to my sales and marketing group to give you an example.  Groups are a great way to make connections and to share and start discussions. You can also post jobs in groups as well.

Companies can also take advantage of LinkedIn. LinkedIn allows companies to create pages. On these pages, companies can post jobs which are a premium feature. Recently, LinkedIn added the status update feature for company pages. This is great to provide updates about your company along with promoting your products and service. I have included a link to my company page as an example.

As you can see, LinkedIn is a great place for personal and corporate branding.