Jerry Nixon @Work: Why Google Docs Suck!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Why Google Docs Suck!

imageTo get your point across, style matters. Making your point takes flair and sometimes some swagger, and you always need substance. So, your message needs to be complete and your document’s format needs to be what you intended. Of course, you want to have all of the pieces in your message, including your charts and your images. And you want to have the right look and feel. I like to call this the “fidelity” of the document.

Don’t lose your mojo by using Google Docs to share documents. Share your information and ideas with Office Web Apps.

I've shared Office documents with Google Docs, and here’s what can happen:

  • Critical information in Excel spreadsheet cells disappear. My budget formulas display "ERROR!", and I look like I find second-grade math challenging.
  • The newsletter I’m pulling together loses its charts, so I’m only updating people with half of the information that parents in the school district care about.
  • Images are lost on  invitations, leaving friends feeling ‘flat’ about the party that we know will be the best Daytona 500 event we’ve ever had!
  • Turning to my work at the office on a document, tracked changes disappear and the ‘Comments’ are not tied to the sources. The message doesn’t flow, to say the least. My focus and influence are questionable… Uggh.
  • I’m updating my bio, getting ready to present at an event. Formatting including tabs, paragraph spacing and page margins move around and some drop off. I look ridiculously unprofessional, and I’ve lost the emphasis and style I’ve just labored over.
  • Next, I finalize the presentation. My PowerPoint fonts are changed, and animations and transitions are missing. At the event, I lose the attention of customers in delivering it.

In short, the people you communicate with can get the wrong message, because Google Docs often doesn’t deliver your Office documents the way you created them on the desktop –They can get lost in translation, become incomplete, and certainly lack the sizzle.

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Also: take a look at the differences between using Office Web Apps and Google Docs.