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Published: December 2020
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How to do sentiment analysis in Google Tables
Google has launched Tables, which looks like Airtable. It’s currently in beta and available only in the US. Here’s Google Sheets expert Ben Collins’ description of it. Ben has published a tutorial on how to do sentiment analysis in Google Tables:
Ensure your cookie notice is on the right side of the law
Many cookie policies still contravene GDPR. Convert.com has a good summary of the impact of analytics and A/B testing after the recent changes to the cookie consent rules. The regulators’ guidelines are clearer now than they were in 2018—and are more demanding than many website owners interpreted them to be. Consent must be explicit, not just implied.
Keyboard shortcuts to help you use Google Docs faster
If you use Google Docs’ comments feature a lot, the official Keyboard shortcuts for Google Docs can save you a lot of time. However, here’s a useful keyboard shortcut that’s mysteriously missing from Google’s official guide:
If you’re processing a Google Doc that contains many comments, then…
- To jump from one comment to the next
- Hold down Control-Command (Mac) or Ctrl-Alt (Windows) and then type N followed by C (short for “next comment”).
- To jump back to the previous comment,
- Hold down Control-Command (Mac) or Ctrl-Alt (Windows) and then type P followed by C (short for “previous comment”).
Curious fact: In German, Ctrl-Alt-Delete is known as “monkey grip” (“Affengriff”), referring to the awkward position the left hand needs to adopt. We find “monkey grip” to be a useful name to remember Ctrl-Alt (Windows) or Control-Command (Mac)—so the above keyword shortcuts become “monkey grip N then C” and “monkey grip P then C.”
A toolbox for design thinking
Hyper Island’s Design Thinking Toolbox contains many useful tools, techniques, and processes for innovation, collaboration, and self-leadership.
Improve autofill for your forms
You can increase your conversion rate by making your forms easier to use.
eBay might not be your go-to place for UI inspiration, but its article Autofill on Browsers: A Deep Dive contains some excellent advice to improve your forms’ autofill functionality.
How to manage all the text you have highlighted over the years
It turns out you can see all your Kindle highlights on one page: your Kindle Notebook page. It can be useful if you want to review your highlights or transfer them elsewhere.
Beyond that, Readwise is a service that acts as a hub for all your highlights—not just Kindle ones. It can import them from Kindle, Apple Books, Instapaper, Pocket, Twitter, and more. The Readwise phone app even lets you take photos of the highlights in your paper books.
Readwise can export the notes into whichever notebook you use. But its killer feature, for us, is spaced repetition. Each day, it shows (or emails) a random selection of five highlights. Seeing them is enjoyable, inspiring, and useful.
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Sequoia published this PDF of tips for content marketing.
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