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Google, Microres train Nigerian media practitioners on new media tools


Global leader on Internet services, Google has in Nigeria partnered Microres in the hosting of new media workshop for media practitioners in the country.

Speaking at the first phase of the workshop, Head, Communications and Public Affairs, Google Nigeria, Mr. Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade said that it’s a collaboration that is expected to spur more media involvement in the development of contents using available technological tools, especially on Google platform.

He also disclosed that over 100 media practitioners participated in the workshop held at the conference hall of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

According to him, a lot of goodies await participants at the end of the session including certificate to be presented to those who successfully completed the training.

Speaking during her presentation at the workshop, one of the Google evangelists, Ms Nmachi Jidenma took participants through the recently launched GooglePlus even as she encouraged Nigerians embrace the Google’s social tools by ensuring that they have Google electronic mail account, Gmail; which is one of the requirements to enjoy the benefits that come with GooglePlus.

According to her, a lot could be achieved using GooglePlus, including sharing of files with friends, family, acquaintance and even public.

Nmachi further took participants through the use of Google documents and value proposition of settings in the Gmail, in addition to how to include signatures on outgoing mails, which she said, could make such a mail authentic or otherwise.

She also explained ways of delaying mails delivery, at this era of increasing fast internet for corporate users and to avoid sending the wrong mails to individuals and mostly superiors, by enabling the undo buttons in the settings among others.

The root for importation and exportation of emails from previous email accounts were also showcased to the participants.

On the Google document, Nmachi said that it has the feasibility for two or more people to contribute simultaneously in writing a document for a project collaboration, especially as a team working in corporate world, experimenting with the editor of ITRealms Online, Mr. Remmy Nweke.

She concluded her session by exposing participants on how easy it is to set up blogs, mostly when they have Gmail accounts, just as she took time to show how to customize Gmail accounts for corporate and organizations using the theme options in the settings to beautify such accounts alongside the corporate colours among others.

“Most companies are using Google drive, which means that every staff is on Gmail and customized for such an organization,” she explained.

Google, she said, has partners that help organizations to go customized such as Descasio, adding that with Gmail, users could simply organize their information, declaring that emails should be more than just getting their emails organized, like marking some mails on important and creating folders for certain mails.

Another Google evangelist, equally speaking at the workshop, Mr. Lanre Aina also guided participants on how to optimize the Google search engine with techniques, which includes participation of attendees.

Participants at the workshop cut across online, print and broadcast media practitioners.

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