It's not a new concept; it's been used since 2007, but technology has improved greatly since then, and google collections are being updated to ensure it remains relevant.
An Easy Way to Save and Share
Google collections, essentially a type of spreadsheet online, is designed to be easily shared, allowing the consumer to share information and facts with friends and social media contacts. This provides a way to save interesting articles, keep track of frequently used recipes, or even share your collection of fantasy football with others. Your Google collections are viewable through a web browser and on Google Plus. People may copy/paste links from search results they have saved in their "collections" for others to enjoy.
Like the popular social media website Pinterest, Google collections are growing in popularity among users, but it also has its share of critics. Many think searching for information will become obsolete with adding a new "collection" button to Google search results. Still, others believe that the fact that google collections are only accessible through Google means that it is just adding more extensions to its already popular search engine.
Google Collection's Impact on Search
Studies show that the average user spends around 10 minutes a month on Google searches. For some, this time is valuable and corresponds to the productivity of 8 hours a week. However, for others, 10 minutes a month may not seem like a lot, but it can add up over time. With Google collection's addition to their search engine, there will be more users looking to save information from various sources, and either share them or copy/paste them into their google collection. This means fewer people will be willing to take the time to type in a full search and spend the necessary time to find what they are looking for. Instead of searching, these users click on collected search results and copy/paste them into their Google collection.
How to Create, Edit, Share and Remove Google Collections
First, you must log in to your Google account to create a collection. Afterward, go to Google search and type your search query into the search box. Next, you need to click on the "Create" bottom on the right-hand side of your screen. Google will now display a pop-up box allowing you to enter a name for your collection, add a description, and select who has access to it. This includes whether or not you want it to be public, private, or shared with a specific individual. Once you have populated your pop-up box, click "Create Collection," and you will be taken to your collection.
This is where you can now either create new entries for your collection or add ones that have already been found during your search. They will then appear on your collection page, but only after you have "favorited" them. You can now click on your favorite collections to get more information pertaining to the articles (ex: "View all recipes"). You can also switch to a different collection by clicking on the other button on the top right-hand corner of your screen. Collection owners can decide who has access to their collections. This means that you may permit them to view it, but only those selected people will be able to access those entries. All others will be denied.
A New Way to Share
Gone are the days of emailing links and attachments to share different types of information with others. Using Google's new collections, consumers now have a way to save this information in a central location that they can access anytime. Google collection allows users to organize the articles and facts into specific categories. This means that users can save articles by types of topics such as "Health," "Finance," or "Automobiles."
When you find something interesting that you wish to save, simply click the "Save" button, and your information will be saved in a new google collection. Once you are finished with your collection, you can delete it at any time.
Benefits of Google Collections
Several benefits come with using Google collections. Here are just some of the advantages of using this service: Google collections allow you to save information from various sources and then share them with others in an easy-to-use format. These collections are searchable, meaning you can find information quickly anytime. Google collections are easily shared with others, allowing you to create your own social media website for friends and family members. You can save articles and information in more than one collection. Your google collections are viewable on both the web and through a smartphone or tablet.
The Future of Google Collections
With the added new feature of keywords, individuals can now search for articles that revolve around a particular topic. Searching with keywords will allow search results that include all sorts of opinions and viewpoints to appear, which is why it will be useful for students researching papers or professors preparing lesson plans.