• If you are citizen of an European Union member nation, you may not use this service unless you are at least 16 years old.

  • You already know Dokkio is an AI-powered assistant to organize & manage your digital files & messages. Very soon, Dokkio will support Outlook as well as One Drive. Check it out today!


Thing 22: Google Docs

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By Jessica Miller


Google Docs is another example of a service that stores users’ data in the cloud and allows them to access it from any computer via the web.  Users can upload files they’ve created in a variety of software applications (like Word or Excel) and can even use Google Docs to create their own text documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.


Anything uploaded to Google Docs can be shared with other users who can be given the authority to edit and re-load them.  Files created with Google Docs can be edited in real time by multiple users.  Google also offers user-created templates to use as a starting point when you don’t want to start with a completely blank slate.  The limit for free storage is 1GB, but users can choose to pay for additional storage.




  1. Take a tour of Google Docs and read through the quick start guide.
  2. If you haven’t already done so, create a Google account and e-mail your username to 23thingsforarchivists@gmail.com so we can invite you to view and edit documents in our Google Docs account.
  3. Edit and add comments to the document posted there.  Feel free to be as creative as you want with fonts, bullets, and the like.
  4. Log into Google Docs with your Google account and use Google’s software to create any kind of file you’d like.  Share it with other 23 Things participants and allow them to edit it.



  1. Create a Google Docs template and share it for public use.


Blog Prompts


  • How do you think the Google Docs applications compare to other commercial software programs?
  • What do you see as the advantages and disadvantages to sharing and editing files in real time?
  • Do you have any concerns about using services like Google Docs for important professional or personal projects?





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