Google Tools Overloaded by Social Movements

This was sent in Issue #51 of Squirrel Notes on September 9, 2020.

Here’s an interesting article about the ad-hoc use of Google Docs and Sheets as community content aggregation systems:

Social Movements Are Pushing Google Sheets to the Breaking Point

H-4 Hope, a Facebook group that supports students of varying immigration backgrounds [...] built a [Google Sheets-based] system for connecting international students with peers who were willing to surrender their seats in courses that could grant their classmates the right to stay in the country

Some grassroots social movements are seeing dozens of concurrent editors in Sheets and Docs which are breaking the tools. The article points out that Google Docs and Sheets are quite old, and the no-code movement is trying to ease the creation of more scalable solutions for widely distributed authoring environments.

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