Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

What are Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides?

Google Docs - A digital word processor 
Google Sheets - A digital spreadsheet

Google Slides - A digital presentation application

All of these can be accessed via the internet. It allows people to save information online and collaborate with others in real time.

Timeless Time

Effects on Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

  • Information can be stored and shared instantly. 
  • The process of information is synchronous because people have the ability to edit and discuss collaborative projects in real-time from across the world. 


  • If a student in America wants to share a spreadsheet with a Professor in France, the student can directly send and show the professor through Google Sheets. The two can create edits to the work together even through a different time zone. 
  • This also allows for surveillance between the student and the professor because the two could be watching over the edits, or viewing the edit history of one another even though they are far apart with a time difference. 

Death of Distance

Effects on Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

  • Information now travels quickly.
  • This relates to Timeless Time as distance is no longer a constraint to collaborative projects and information sharing.


  • If a script writer in Davis wants to collaborate on a script with another script writer in Sacramento, the two can create the script easily through Google Docs while staying in their homes. There is no need to travel or meet because edits are made in real time, so the two script writers can see each other's edits and progress.
  • This is an example of transaction cost reduction because there is no need to pay for gas or other transportation fees in order for the two to meet. 


Effects on Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

  • Information can be shared in many ways
  • Editing settings can allow information to be shared from one to one, one to many, many to one, or many to many.


  • If a student is writing an essay, they could share it with a group of peers. These students can create edits and comments in the document.
  • This is an example of poly-directional crowd sourcing in a one to many sense because one student is sharing information with a group, and that group is giving back feedback.


Google provides online word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation programs that have the digital characteristics of Timeless Time, Death of Distance, and Poly-Directionality. These have helped users become more productive and efficient in information sharing. With these programs, there is more exposure to information that could be edited and critiqued by small and large groups of people. 

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Public - 5/5/16, 5:56 AM