Posted July 27, 2010 9:01 am by with 7 comments

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No, really! Does anyone actually know what the unveiled Google Punch does?

Apparently Google Operating System spotted Google Punch listed in a Google Documents drop-down–within the video below.

Speculation has already started as to what Google Punch could be, but I’d love to hear your thoughts.

  • Ann Williams

    2 parts Vodka, 2 parts Gin, 2 parts watermelon juice, 3 parts afternoon searching GoogleMe for Love and Adventure.

    Nah. Just kiddin’. I don’t know what Google Punch is.

    • Hah, sounds delicious!

      Someone on Twitter also suggested it’s just another name for Google Kool-aid 😉

      • Ann Williams

        Yikes!!!! DON’T DRINK IT!

  • Taking a guess here… but as I work in the time and attendance industry, the first thing that came to my mind was a punch clock — in other words, I’m thinking it could be an online time sheet. Common terminology in the industry is to refer to the record of when an employee arrived or departed as a “punch.”

    They’ve already included a number of features for group/team collaboration. By adding a means of tracking team members’ time spent on the project they’d be taking Google Docs one step closer to being a true team collaboration tool.

    There are already a number of similar time sheet applications available free, either online or as a software download. I can see Google wanting to keep people “in the fold” as it were, using Docs instead of going elsewhere to track team members’ time.

    My $0.02, less taxes, adjusted for inflation…

    • That’s a good guess, you could be right!

  • Bo

    Here I was thinking Google was bridging the gamer to the business world.

    How would a Falcon Punch stand up to a Google Punch?

  • It’s an interesting concept of Google going after time and attendance but unlikely. Unless they have hired an industry expert or “private labeled” a system like ReportTime it would take an enormous effort to understand and implement a system capable of what is required in today’s time and labor management market.

    The fact is that most of the vendors today rely on old technology and methodologies. If you’ve read the book by Lisa Disselkamp “No Boundries” (available for 20% off at you can get an idea of just how complex these systems are.

    Guess we’ll see…