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Google Moderator

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Published 06/11/2010 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Google Moderator is another helpful Google creation that lets users get the opinions, suggestions and assistance of others. Here, a user can pose questions or find out what their audience feels is the most important. This information can then be applied to a number of situations, such as an educational presentation, product marketing, and feature improvements.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Anyone who has ever spent any length of time on the internet has most likely heard of Google. Started in January of 1996 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google was originally a research project. The goal was to produce a smarter search engine that looked beyond simple search terms. Page and Brin introduced the internet to PageRank. Since those very modest beginnings, Google has risen to become one of the most popular and preferred search engines on the internet. Many new Google products have also been produced, including Gmail (Google email), Google adwords, Google maps, Google News, and Google Earth as well as Google Moderator.

What are the differences to other apps?

It is easy to go around asking friends and family a question. However, reaching out to hundreds or even thousands of people can be much more difficult. Users are able to ask a question and get unbiased, diverse responses from people all over the world using Google Moderator. The questions remain anonymous, only listing a username of the asker’s choosing. Google Moderator gives users another way to gain perspective on a project or decision while possibly seeding new ideas through brainstorming and communication.

How does the web app look and feel to use?

Google has used a rather distinctive design with most of its products. The familiar Google logo is presented along with a few relevant highlights and a lot of white space. This design works very well for Google’s products, including Moderator. Rather than distracting with images or bright colors, Google gets right to the point. Users can log in and start asking questions through Google Moderator easily.

How does the registration process work?

If the user already has a Google account, then using Google Moderator is simple. Just sign in to the Google account and use Moderator. If the user does not currently have a Google account, one will have to be created. A blue “sign in” link at the top reveals the login fields. New users can click the “Create an account now” link below the sign in area. To make a Google account, a new user will need a current email address, and password. The stay signed in and web history features are automatically enabled, but can be disabled if the user prefers to do so. Google also requests a location, birthday and word verification to ensure the user is a real live person. Agree to the terms of service then complete account registration. This process only has to be completed once to give the user access to all Google products, including Moderator.

What does it cost to use the application?

User can ask questions and get answers through Google Moderator for free. Most Google products are offered to anyone who is willing to create an account and start using them. This makes Google Moderator a very viable option for small businesses, organizations, and non-profit groups as well as individuals.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Many people do not realize just how much a project or business can benefit by listening to outside opinion. Anyone who has ever had to make a decision that effects others can benefit from using Google Moderator. This could be a matter of how to better market a product, how to share information about a cause, or how to pass an important message to another person. Any situation involving other people can be better analyzed through Google Moderator. Users can let the audience speak and learn from what is said.

  • Take in an unbiased opinion of a situation or decision
  • Gain a better understanding of how something will be perceived by others
  • Refine marketing attempts or advertising through opinions
  • Ask questions without providing personal information
  • Get answers from a diverse collection of users

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