Are you ready for a little crash course on who Google is and what their major types of accounts are? Well, welcome to Google 101.
Who is Google?
I read that Google.com has appeared on most-visited websites worldwide multiple times. This included Google News, Google Search, and YouTube, among others.
According to Wikipedia, Google LLC is an American multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products, which include online advertising technologies, a search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware. It is considered one of the Big Five technology companies in the U.S. information technology industry, alongside Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft.
Google was founded in September 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D. students at Stanford University in California. Together they own about 14 percent of its shares and control 56 percent of the stockholder voting power through supervoting stock. They incorporated Google as a California privately held company on September 4, 1998, in California.
Did you know that Google’s name was not always Google? It originated from a misspelling of Page’s original planned name, googol (a mathematical term for the number one followed by 100 zeroes).
What Are the Major Types of Google Accounts?
There are five types of accounts with Google for individual and Small- to Medium-sized (SMB) businesses.
1. Gmail Account
2. Google Account
3. Google Workspace Business Starter Account
4. Google Workspace Business Standard Account
5. Google Workspace Business Plus Account
In Google 101, we are going to focus on the first type and that is Gmail. This the one you can get for free and is the one that most people have when they think about Google services.
First, like anything else when it comes to computers, we need to create an account. If you do not already have one, go to www.gmail.com. Once there, select Create google account. You will need to choose whether the account will be for “myself” or “To manage my business.” For this Google 101 article, I chose myself. There it will ask you to put in your first and last name. Then you need to create your username. That is then followed by creating an 8 character password with a mix of letters, numbers & symbols. Then click the blue button for Next.
The next step will be security. You will be asked to enter your phone number. PLEASE USE A CELL OR MOBILE PHONE NUMBER. Then they will ask your birth date and gender.
Also, they will send you a code to verify that your phone number is your own. The next setup will be agreeing on the terms of service. Once you agree to that, your account is setup.
Now, you might wonder if Gmail and Google accounts are the same. Not so fast. Google Account is a user account that is required for access, authentication, and authorization to some Google services. Examples of these would include services such as Gmail, YouTube, Maps, Drive, Calendar, Search, and many, many more. Gmail Account is a user account for managing the emails of the user and strengthens communication.
What Account Is Next
The next account to enter into our Google 101 arena is G Suite; whoops, I mean Google Workspace. You see, in October of 2020, G Suite was rebranded as Google Workspace.
Google Workspace offers options for individuals, small businesses, large organizations, and schools that you can subscribe to.
You can learn more by comparing the different Google Workspace editions. A brief overview is below:
The three Google Workspaces that you can set up for your SMB businesses are listed below.
1. Google Workspace Business Starter – a suite of collaborative productivity apps that offers your business professional email, secure video conferencing, shared calendars, online document editing, and much more.
2. Google Workspace Business Standard – Enhanced productivity suite for up to 300 users with 2 TB storage per user
3. Google Workspace Business Plus – Advanced productivity suite for up to 300 users with 5 TB storage per user.
In addition, to assist your larger organizations, they have Google Workspace Enterprise that has solutions including flexible storage options, enterprise-grade video conferencing features, and our most advanced security and compliance.
Hopefully, the above content for Google 101 filled you in on some of the missing gaps you might not have been aware of.
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