Two AMAZING Google Tools

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Two Amazing Google Tools

If you are already writing hubs for Hubpages or blogs for Blogspot (Google Blogger) or creating tweets for Twitter, you already have a free Gmail address. But did you know that you can have multiple email addresses with Gmail (Google) without changing your basic user name? And have you tried out Google Translate?

First, let me tell you about the multiple email addresses. Recently, I discovered a special feature about Gmail that some people may not know. I found it while searching for something else – which is the way I often learn new and useful information. Here's how it works.

If you don't have a Gmail address, go to Google .com and click on Google Mail to set up a free account. Now suppose you want to have a number of email addresses so you can track or archive the source of different incoming emails but you don't want to change your basic Gmail name.

First method - Add a plus (+) sign and follow it with any combination of words or numbers after your email address. Here are three examples. Let’s say your basic email address is short and snappy: NapoleonBonaparte@gmail.com.

Then you could use an address like . NapoleonBonaparte+emperor@gmail.com

Or – NapoleonBonaparte+elba@gmail.com.

Or – NapoleonBonaparte+666@gmail.com. All three new addresses will automatically forward your emails to your basic email address – NapoleonBonaparte@gmail.com.

Second method – Instead of the plus (+) sign, use one or several dots (periods) anywhere you like in your basic email address. Gmail doesn't care where you put the dot – in the beginning, or the middle or the end. It will recognize and send your emails to your basic email address. Here are some examples:

You could use Napoleon.Bonaparte@gmail.com with one dot between Napoleon and Bonaparte.

Or – Napoleon.Bona.parte@gmail.com – using two dots,

Or - Nap.oleon.Bona.parte@gmail.com – using three dots. The combinations – where you place the dots – are limited only by your imagination.

I can almost hear you asking, “Why would I want to have different variations of my basic email address?” Why not use separate email names? Because as I mentioned earlier, this is a very easy way to track the source of emails you send and receive. And by using just your one basic email name you don’t have to sign in and sign out for each name. All your emails will come to your basic email address.

But keep a record of your various email addresses with their respective + signs or dots. Otherwise you could forget and delete that important email notifying you that you won the $1,000,000 grand prize from Publishers Clearing House.

Google Translate Tool

Here is the second amazing tool: Google Translate. It’s FREE and it’s easy to use. You don’t have to go to translation sites to translate one phrase at a time. You don’t have to pay for translation services. Now you simply go to GoogleTranslate and enter the word or the phrase or the URL for your hub or blog and have the entire document immediately translated.

Take a look at this fragment of my hub on "Choosing a Perfect Avatar for Hubpages.". Does it look a little different to you? I have omitted the graphics and links that were included in the original English version.

Выбор Perfect Аватар для Hubpage

По drbj

Это сейчас я аватара использования. Это предлагается новый аватар.

Выбор Perfect Аватар для Hubpages

Аватар, фильм, чрезвычайно популярна в настоящее время и фильмы, как представляется, на своем пути, чтобы стать одним из самых кассовых фильмов всех времен. Примечание: если вы еще не видели его, выбрать 3-D версию в ваш любимый театр - это Mesmerizing . . .

I originally posted my entire Hub translated into the above language but Hubpages refused to publish it Their translator gadget said it wasn't in English. Hello? That's the point. Note: I did find it interesting that the words, "perfect, Hubpages" and "mesmerizing" had no equivalent in the above foreign language. Warning: I can't resist the temptation. Here comes a blatant, self-serving message: I always knew Hubpages were perfect and mesmerizing in any language.

How to Use the Google Translate Tool

Of course it looks different. This is just a short paragrah from the entire document This tool translated the entire hub – graphics, links and text – from English to Russian using Google Translate. It’s powerful, faster, better, easy and it’s free. Here are some of the features:

> You can upload and translate your documents from your desktop or the web.

> You can download and publish translations to your hubs, blogs, Wikipedia, etc.

> You can share translations online with other translators.

Here are the 51 various languages available for translation: Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Haitian (Creole), Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Welsh, Yiddish.

Google Translate is simple to use. Google the words, "Google Translate". and you will find the site. Enter the words or phrases you you want translated. Select the language you want to use to translate from and the language to translate to. Click on translate. What could be more simple? Try it, you’ll like it.

© Copyright BJ Rakow 2010, 2011, 2015. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So." Enlightening information about interviewing, networking, writing resumes and cover letters, and negotiating. But fun to read.

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Ivorwen profile image

Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder

I have used the e-mail feature several times, but did you know that some places will not accept the altered e-mails? This is especially if you already have an account there.


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Very interesting information. Thanks dr!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Ivorwen. I'm surprised to hear that altered Gmail addresses are not universally accepted.

So far, I've had no difficulty when using pluses or dots. What I find really interesting is using an altered email to inquire about a financial newsletter, for example, that proclaims they will never share your address with a third party.

And then find my inbox cluttered with emails to that particular address from other newsletters or advertisers.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

It's my pleasure, green lotus. Thank you for the thank you and stopping by.


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

Very interesting!! Thanks for such useful information! :)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Happy to meet you herbivorehippi. And you are most welcome. Do you have a nickname?


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

Great tips. Being able to append prefixes to your email address eliminates the need to purchase a domain in order to create different email addresses. Thanks!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hey, nicomp. Pleasure to hear from you. You are most welcome.

Be my guest and append away!


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Thank you for providing this interesting information. I'm glad I checked it out.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

I'm glad you're glad, James, and thanks for the visit. It's always a pleasure to hear from you.


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

Awesome drbj. I'm always happy to learn these little tips from others. Thank you much.

I have beed advsied that gmail is HubPages preferred email, so I think I will have to go set it up and see if I don't receive better responses this way.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you for the visit and the thank you, Duchess OBlunt, it's my pleasure.

Yes, Hubpages does appear to favor Gmail. In fact, when I joined 8 months ago you needed a Gmail address to become a hubber.

I have email addresses at aol and Yahoo but find that Gmail has many interesting options.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

some excellent tips which I shall try out!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Be my guest. I'm always on the lookout for new and better ways to utilize emails and the internet.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

thanks for this tip for emails. . i have often been tempted to look into doing something like this and now you took all the hard work out of it for me! Great Hub. Big Thumbs up!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you for the accolade and the thumbs up, wavegirl22.

It's my pleasure to share something I found useful.

Nice to meet you.


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Super Chef 6 years ago from Around the world

I agree google translator is a good tool and saves you lots of time and effort.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Until I found the google translator, I would go to sites where yhou could only translate a few lines or a small paragrah - very time-consuming.

So I agree with you, Super Chef, it saves a lot of time and effort. Thanks for visiting.


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Lamme 6 years ago

Thanks for the information! I need to look into this.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

My pleasure, Lamme, thanks for the visit and the comment. You will find that the Google Translator can save you time and energy when you need a translation - usually in a hurry.


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2besure 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I have actually used the Google translator and signed up with the French counterpart to Shetoldme. Great tips!


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John Yeoman 6 years ago from Story writing land in the centre of England

That's an excellent idea: to create multiple Gmail addresses that retain our brand name but allow us to allocate different addresses for separate purposes. It sure beats setting up different addresses under all the other 'free' email services that hit us after 45 days with a fee - or they delete our account!

I hadn't known about this idea. Thanks for sharing it.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, 2besure, for your visit and confirmation of the actual existence and usefulness of the Google Translator. And thanks also for the info re Shetoldme. Your comments are most welcome. Any time.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hello, John Yeoman, how nice to meet you.

It's my pleasure to share this information; delighted you find it useful.

And you are most welcome. Thanks for your visit and comments.


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JamaGenee 6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

I have 3 entirely different Gmail email addresses, with a different user name for each. All are set to (and do) forward messages to my main e-addy. Alas, the + or dot method won't work for me because I'd lose whatever I wrote the variations on. But Google Translator sounds like a wonderful tool! Thanks!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you JG for voicing your approval of the ease with which we can use Gmail aliases (?) with or without appending symbols.

The Translator is a wonderful tool - takes just a few moments and you can translate a word, a phrase or an entire document into or from any one of more than 50+ languages. Isn't the net amazing?


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

bravo bravo seems very easy and simple to do. BTW i tried and it was simple!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Yes, becca, these tools are simple and easy to use. And the price ($0.00) is right.

Delighted you took advantage of them and came back to tell us so.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

The translation tool is amazing. I have got to try it.

Thank you for being so smart! (-:


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Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

I did try it and it works! I pressed the button and had one of my hubs translated in less than one second. I had it translated in French and sent it to my French niece. Thanks again! So terrific.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

I told you so! :) The Google Translate tool is remarkable and just as you saw, works immediately. Really cool, no?

And you"re most welcome, both for the thanks and the "smart."


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Dallia 5 years ago

Google tranlsation is good tool if you want to get idea, what is the webpage in unknown language about, but in generaly it gives only a mess of words, not normal text in foreign language.

Just curious - do you know Russian, as you have used it as example?


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you for visiting, Dallia. Nice to meet you.

To answer your question, Da, ya znayu nemnogo. :)


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CoachJoey 5 years ago from Illinois

very impressive tips. I didn't realize you could do the email thing like that.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks for finding this one, CoachJoey, and the visit. Yes, Google has many impressive powers. Almost as many as Zeus in my "Interview with Zeus."

Have fun with the email thing.


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molometer 4 years ago

Useful advice on the multiple email functions offered by the big G+.

I have been using the translator for quite a while and it is really helpful.

There are a 'few' languages that is has problems with. Afrikaans is one.

Mostly though you can get the gist of what the page is about.

Voted up useful and interesting.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

I agree, molometer, the Google Translator is an invaluable tool and saves time when you need a quick translation. It does annoy me though when I try to translate something to Arabic or Japanese or Chinese and find only symbols. Phonetic spelling would be helpful. Maybe there's an App for that, you think?

Thanks for the visit, the gracious adjectives and the Up.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

Great information. It's amazes me how Google can give away so many things for free and still seem to be ruling the world.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Deborah, for finding this hub and also agreeing that it is great information. Google has the science of 'loss-leaders' down pat. (For readers unfamiliar with that term, a loss-leader is something a company sells at less than cost to bring in more customers. Freebies work the same way.)


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carolina muscle 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

wow... I had no idea. cool ideas!!!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks for finding this, chris. Yup, with its constant stream of cool ideas,Google still seems to be the mother and father of invention.

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