3 Business Ideas, or Maybe Just Wishful Thinking 0

I don’t have the resources to do this one, but if you do, e-mail me: I’d like to buy it. And maybe it already exists . . . if so, please add that in the comments.

I want three add-ons for Google Docs:

1. A “blog this with Google Docs” add-on.

In Firefox or Internet Explorer for Windows I use different add-ons that let me click from a web page to start a new blog post, using Windows Live Writer. In Firefox and Safari on my Mac, I have a similar “Post with MarsEdit” javascript bookmark that lets me click to start a new post with the MarsEdit blog editor software.

2. A “post to blog” feature in Google Docs.

I like the way Windows Live Writer (on Windows) and MarsEdit (on the Mac) let me edit posts in a single editor environment, then post to the various blogs automatically. I wish I could do that in Google Docs. I’d really use an add-on to Google Docs that lets me do the same thing. I’d set up the various blogs I post to, programmed automatically with user names and passwords, so I can post simply and easily from my Google Docs to my blogs. Word for Windows has something like that, too.

3. Opening Windows Word docs with Google Docs by default.

I want a simple way to tell my Windows 7 operating system, on my Windows computer, to open a Microsoft Word document attached to an e-mail using Google Docs and Gears, by default. I like Word, but I’ve given up getting it to work on my system. Our IT expert spent a couple of weeks with it, installing and reinstalling and all, but it just doesn’t work for me.

So like I say, maybe these already exist, and I just don’t know it. And maybe they’d end up being free bait for some larger for-pay web app or installed application. I like to think many business ideas are about building things that people want to use.

About the Author Tim Berry is the founder and chairman of Palo Alto Software and Bplans.com. Follow him on Twitter @Timberry. Follow Tim on Google+ Read more »

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