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Google Adds Option to Email Task List in Gmail
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Today Google introduced a feature to Gmail, which allows users to email their task lists. This can be done by simply choosing the new "email task list" option found in the actions menu.

When a user clicks on this option, Gmail will open a new compose window with the contents of your current task list. It works in each task list view – My Order, Sort by Date, and Completed.

Is Facebook Killing Your Employees’ Productivity?
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On the heels of a study indicating that social media can significantly impact a brand’s bottom line positively, another one has come out saying that Facebook is costing companies productivity.

To be more specific, the new independent study from Nucleus Research is saying that Facebook costs companies 1.5 percent of total productivity, and that one in every 33 employees has built their entire profile during work time.

Google’s New Cloud Table Collaboration Experiment

Google has introduced a new Lab called Google Fusion Tables, which is described as "an experimental system for data management in the cloud." It allows users to upload tables of up to 100MB and share them with collaborators.

Why Would Twitter Kill RSS?
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There is no question that Twitter and RSS have some things in common. However, they are not the same, and Twitter will not kill the feed reader. This is a concept I have seen come up a number of times, and frankly, I just don’t see it happening, at least not without some dramatic changes in how Twitter is presented to its users.

Google Calendar Finally Gets Tasks Features
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A while back, Google launched a Tasks lab for Gmail. Now they have added a new tasks feature for Google Calendar after many requests for one.

There is now a "tasks" link in the upper right-hand corner of the Google Calendar page. Once you click on it, a box will come up on the opposite side of the screen, where you can add tasks in list form. They come with checkboxes so you can check them off as you accomplish them, and a form to enter a due date. The task will then appear on your calendar on the day it is due.

Google Docs Adds Spreadsheet Protection Feature
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Google has launched a feature for spreadsheets in Google Docs called Sheet Protection. Basically, this will allow a user to let collaborators edit certain sheets of a spreadsheet while restricting them from others.

To use the feature, simply go to the sheet, and bring up the menu. You will find the option that says "Protect Sheet."

Create and Insert Drawings in Your Google Documents
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Google Docs has started including a new feature – the ability to insert drawings into documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. To use this feature, simply go to the Insert menu and click Drawing.

Google Docs List View Not Just for Mobile Anymore

Google Docs users may recall last month when Google improved the mobile version by adding list view for spreadsheets, which allows you to view, edit, sort, and filter them. Before that you could only view them.

Google has now made the same list view available for working on spreadsheets from desktop and notebook computers. It can be found in the View menu.

Gmail Tasks Lab Gets New Useful Features

Back in December, Google introduced a new feature in Gmail Labs called "Tasks" that provides Gmail users with a window to keep track of their…tasks (go figure). Today, they have announced a couple new features for Tasks.

Users can now easily move a task (along with its sub-tasks) to another list by clicking on the arrow (or using Shift-Enter) to the right of the task, then selecting another list in the drop down at the bottom of the screen.

Losing Focus May Be Costing You Money

In the age of information overload and excessive social media use (which are often joined at the hip), there are still plenty of questions as to whether or not social media is truly beneficial to businesses.

Little Things Can Make a Big Difference in Productivity

David Wallace of SearchRankSearchRank Founder and CEO David Wallace is a very busy guy. He has to have a schedule. At the SMX West session on Productivity Tips for the Busy Search Marketer, he says that when you’re busy you have to have a routine.

Gmail Gets New Tasks Feature
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Google has introduced a new feature in Gmail Labs. The "Tasks" feature provides a window in Gmail similar to that of chat, and lets you add tasks by simply clicking in the empty area and start typing.

More Fuel for the Social-Media-At-Work Debate
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Not long after we discussed the stats, pros, cons, and variables for social media use in the workplace, here at WebProNews, UK firm Demos has been talking about a study that suggests that social media is in fact good for businesses. I’m still sticking with the "it depends on a number of variables" theory, but the Demos info is worth taking a look at either way.

Is Social Media Good or Bad For Business?
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Business owners often struggle with the question of whether or not their employees should be using social media in the workplace. There are obvious reasons why they shouldn’t, but there are certainly potential benefits as well, and unfortunately not a lot of clarity to the matter. So let’s look at this from several different angles.

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How Much of a Distraction is Social Media?

In Friday’s post, I admitted the social media can be a waste of time.  I talked about doing some unproductive things online and how, despite that (or even because of that), marketers should be paying a LOT of attention to social media marketing.  But as many of you have commented in the first post, social media is really not a waste o

Microsoft’s Creepy Brain Scan Patent App
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I think before the robots take over everything and use us for batteries, it will appear that humans have hyper-evolved into mechanically enhanced super-sapiens. But that’s really just to build false confidence in us. A recent Microsoft patent application is perhaps the next step toward that digitally created human battery soup dream.

US Spends $130 Million Daily On Spam

If the CEO wants to know how to save some money from being wasted each day, tell her the best people she can pressure aren’t the employees, but the company’s federal Congressmen.

Forget about gathering all the staff in one room and telling them how they are money-sucking time wasters. The problem may not be their fault. Spam could be to blame.

Using Content to Drive Productivity and Make Sales

Most organizations do not properly understand or manage content. They fail to realize that quality content is now key to productivity, cost effectiveness, sales, and customer satisfaction.

Intranets Not Realizing Productivity Gains

The intranet is still in its infancy. It has not yet exploited its potential for creating value for the organization, according to the 2006 Global Intranet Strategies Survey.

SCM Savings: People, Process, and Productivity

Okay, yes, I know…this is going to sound like a broken record…

Nielsen Calls Shenanigans On Apple Study

Web usability guru Jakob Nielsen held his tongue when an Apple-sponsored study correlating high productivity with larger computer screens was released. But when Computer World published an article about it (seven months after we did), Nielsen felt he needed to put a stop to it.