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Playing with Google Spreadsheets

Signed up for an account this morning, once Google Spreadsheets officially launched, and got my invite just now. Looks pretty complete, functionality-wise. People have reported that it doesn’t handle imported images and graphs, which seems to be the case (I imported Jeremy Zawodny’s weight tracker spreadsheet to try it out).

I really don’t use spreadsheets all that often – just a few to track things like MiniDV tapes, etc, where a full blown database is overkill. It’s going to be great to access them online, and I’m one step closer to being able to accomplish just about all of my work inside of Firefox (Gmail, Bloglines, Flickr, WordPress, Google Calendar, Writely, Meebo, del.icio.us, Google Notebook, etc.).

What’s missing? Hmm, I’ll have to think about that…

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11 thoughts on “Playing with Google Spreadsheets

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  2. Actually, they’re not doing invites like they did with Gmail, or I’d happily give you one. You can just enter your email address at spreadsheets.google.com, and they’ll send you an invite “when they’re ready”. I was expecting to wait days or weeks, but it took less than 24 hours.

    Thanks for the great weight loss posts, Jeremy, and the tips and tools. I’ve gotten to the point where I have to do something about my weight, and tips like yours (and Chris Pirillo’s) give me lots of ideas, and make me feel like I can actually apply my geeky side to help the process. :-)

  3. Hmm. So I can.

    I invited Jeremy as an editor to that spreadsheet, and he said it sent him an invite, but then said he didn’t have access.

    Not sure what’s going on, but hopefully they’ll work out the bugs soon.

    One more observation after playing with it for a few minutes? It’s slow. Even over my 15Mbps fiber connection at home, it takes ages for a sheet to load, and Firefox seemed to be crawling, even after I closed the Google Spreadsheets tab. Not conclusive or reproducible by any means, but more data points, for whatever they’re worth.

  4. Matt says:

    You ever wonder how much of your life is becoming “online”? I’m being constantly amazed at just how out of touch I feel nowadays when i’m away from the internet. I guess that’s why they invented EVDO.

  5. Matt, no kidding. I don’t know what I’d do on the computer without Internet access. And on my EVDO phone? If I’m ever anywhere I don’t have service, I have ebooks in eReader to keep me busy. That, and Bubble Breaker. 😉

    I guess that’s why I never bother to open up my laptop on the plane. Guess I’ll have to start flying only airlines that offer in flight WiFi. 😉

  6. verley says:

    hi,

    i’d like to try google spreedsheet, is it possible to be invited in a coorporate sheet ? thanks a lot ! i can invite in writely if you want !

    pierus51 (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. Jane says:

    Help! I was given jeremy’s blog by a friend. I would love to track my daily food intake with calorie total and daily weight but I have no clue how to print up a spreadsheet. I am computer-challenged…can anyone help me. It would be nice to do it on the computer every day but that seems even more difficult to learn than just figuring out how to print the blank spreadsheet. I guess then I wouldn’t get the calorie totals……oh dear…

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