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Google Services Handbook

Following the move to GMail for AAMail in late 2022, service officers have had access to enterprise level Google services. These services are all free and are easily interconnected. Chiltern & Thames Intergroup has made use of these services to manage Intergroup documents and produce our website. These services have allowed our Intergroup to automate many common functions of Intergroup and easily share our documents.

A handbook for Google services and how to use them has been produced by a fellow Intergroup. It is not exhaustive and provides merely an introduction but it is hoped that this will be of help to those interested. The document is a live document and each time it is edited the version will be automatically available.

"A vast communications net now covers the earth, even to its remotest reaches. Granting all its huge public benefits, this limitless world forum is nevertheless a hunting ground for all those who would seek money, acclaim and power at the expense of society in general. Here the forces of good and evil are locked in struggle. All that is shoddy and destructive contests all that is best.

Therefore nothing can matter more to the future welfare of AA than the manner in which we use this colossus of communication. Used unselfishly and well, the results can surpass our present imagination. Should we handle this great instrument badly, we shall be shattered by the ego demands of our own people–often with the best of intention on their part.”

(Bill W. AA Grapevine November 1960. ‘The Language of the Heart,’ p. 319-320.)

Google Services Handbook

The document can be read on this site or downloaded by clicking the button below. Please note that the file is quite large and may take a few moments to download. The document can be viewed online more easily by clicking the open icon in the top right of the document below.

Google Services Handbook