Is that a spread sheet in your pocket? Presentation tips when using docs.google.com/m

Via the Google Docs Blog, news of the new mobile (“m”) version at docs.google.com/m. Currently, you can only view — not edit — documents (the post indicates that’s a feature on its way). I’ll be trying out the “presentation” feature later and will add a video to this post of what that looks like. If it works and there were an output-to-display “jack”/function/device (whatever?) on an iPhone, (update: see comments) I think this could one day be a road-warriors dream. In the meantime, the above shot is what a spreadsheet looks like. It’s a vocabulary list the 17-year-old and I made for SAT prep.

Later: I experimented with Google Docs presentation on my iPhone and discovered a couple of things. At least in my quick experiment, an imported Power Point presentation into Google docs was extremely slow in the mobile version. Discovering that, I tried creating a quick (as in five minutes) presentation natively in Google docs and the presentation zooms. Here’s a two-minute video of my test, using my quick presentation called: “”Six tips for a presenation you want to share via docs. google.com/m”

Not that you’d ever want to, but you can see the Google Docs version of presentation here if you don’t use Safari. You don’t have to log into Google Docs, but you’ll get a screen making you think you do.

Here are the “Six tips for a presenation you want to share via docs. google.com/m” — saving you from having to watch the video or presentation:

1. Think of a better way — like maybe talking instead of presenting.

2. Don’t use background color or fancy text or graphics or graphs. (It’s tiny and you’re doing this over the Internet so don’t add stuff that will slow it down).

3. Use really big type. (On a tiny screen, even 68 point type will be tiny.)

4. Don’t use bullet points (don’t ever use bullet points. Or numbered tips for that matter).

5. Think vertical and top-heavy. (The control pointer covers up the bottom of the screen so your presentation will look better when displayed vertically. All you need to do is leave plenty of room at the bottom of each slide.)

6. Don’t try to be funny. (Don’t ever try to be funny in a presentation unless you’re a trained professional…and then don’t.)