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The importance and usefulness of the Internet isn’t lost on many people today. It has literally changed the way we communicate and consume knowledge as a whole. There are many companies that have enabled this, one of the biggest being Google, with their popular apps and services. While there are some incredibly popular and useful Google apps, there are many more that aren’t used as much but are still just as useful. One such platform is Google Groups.
Google Groups is one of the best functions for businesses that use Gmail. The core idea of this service is that it allows you to create online and email based groups where you can communicate with like-minded users. Some uses of Groups include:
Google Groups has been around since 2001 and while it has largely flown under the radar for many users, Google has kept the service alive and running, and has even recently revamped it to make some improvements.
New in Google Groups
One of the new features introduced in the new version of Groups is an improved inbox which allows members of the group to create, share and track tasks and responsibilities with one another. The interesting thing about this feature is that you can create a single email address for the group that can be managed by all of the members. They can then assign tasks and mark these as resolved after completion. In other words, the new Groups feature is potentially a great way for companies to track workflow, and support tasks getting finished on time.
Another new feature is a mobile optimized version of Groups that can be accessed from any mobile device. This means you can access, manage and contribute to Groups from anywhere.
You can also look for and find Groups to join and contribute to. If you can find one that is related to what your company does, you could join and contribute. If you have associated your profile with your company, you will, over time, gain recognition and could start looking for new clients or ties through the Group.
How to set up a Group
If you would like to create a new group you can do so by:
When you click on this, the Create Group window will open. From there, give the group a name, email address description, pick the Group type and set the permissions. You will be able to pick from up to four Group types including:
Once you have picked a Group type, you should set the Basic permissions which include:
Finally, once you have finished, press Create and your Group will be established.
If you are looking to learn more about Google Groups or any of Google’s other products, please contact us today to find out how this interesting platform can add to your business.
Published on 23rd July 2013 by Jeanne DeWitt.