Curated by: Luigi Canali De Rossi

Monday, August 25, 2008

Online Collaboration Tools - New Technologies And Web Services - Sharewood Guide Aug25 08

Co-browsing systems, file sharing tools, polling and feedback services are just some of the great services Robin and I have hand-picked and tested for you in this new issue of our weekly online collaboration Sharewood guide.

Photo credit: Jenny Solomon

Here all of the online collaboration tools we have selected for you:

  1. Clavardon: Browse pages with other people in real-time while chatting
  2. Wiki-Site: Create free wikis for your projects without registering
  3. Fotoll: Build online polls and gather immediate feedback on your doubts
  4. Joodo: Communicate with messages, chat in real-time, and share files and folders
  5. A.nnotate: Upload a document or provide a page URL and start adding notes with other people
  6. NameThis: Use collecrive intelligence to find or get suggestions for the perfect name for a start-up company
  7. Netopi: Read and give reviews of any website easily
  8. SwarmSketch: Draw together with other people and see what masses can create




  1. Clavardon

    Clavardon is a co-browsing service that allows you to browse pages with other people simultaneously. After you enter a URL, you can start inviting your friends and, while you chat with them, they will be able to see your movements on any site: you can scroll, highlight any part of text and input any other URL and be sure that people will look at the same things as you do. Free to use for up to 100 sessions per month.

  2. Wiki-Site

    Wiki-Site is a service that allows you to create free wikis for your projects. Provide a name, URL, administrator password and you're done: your new wiki, which will look exactly like a Wikipedia page, will be accessible to anyone of your colleagues, who will be able to edit and create pages, have discussions and more. Free to use, no registration is needed.

  3. Fotoll

    Fotoll is a polling system that you can use to ask opinions and gather immediate feedback. Here's how it works: just register for free, type a question (for example which service is better than the other) and upload the images of the candidates. People can then just click on their favorite one, and also type a comment explaining their vote. Free to use, registration needed.

  4. Joodo

    Joodo is a file sharing P2P software, still in alpha, that you can use to communicate with your friends. After you install it and register, you can invite your friends and add them to your contact list: you can then share any folder on your PC with different levels of access, create torrent files to share, send messages, text-chat, and even monitor your friends' activities. The service is free to download and use.

  5. A.nnotate

    A.nnotate is a web based service that you can use to add notes to documents or web pages. Just upload any PDF, .doc, .ppt, .xls or OpenOffice document, or simply enter a page URL, and start adding notes to it. You can then enter anyone's email address and invite them to give you feedback and collaborate with their notes. Free to use, pro versions available.

  6. NameThis

    NameThis is a collaboration service that start-up companies can use to find a market-ready name. After you submit a request, people have 48 hours to comment and provide you feedback. When the name is selected, $80 dollars of your $99 name fee will be distributed to the first three people, and their supporters. Free to join and suggest.

  7. Netopi

    Netopi is a collaboration tool that lets users give reviews of websites, so that other people can read them and post their own. To start, just paste the URL into the box and, if present, you will be shown all of the reviews that users made of that site. To make your own review, type your name, your comment, give a positive or negative vote, provide tags and, if you want, a list of similar sites. Free to use, no signup required.

  8. SwarmSketch

    SwarmSketch is an ongoing online canvas that explores the possibilities of distributed design by the masses. Each week it randomly chooses a popular search term: users can contribute a small amount of line per visit, then they are given the opportunity to vote on the opacity of lines submitted by other users. When the canvas reaches one thousand lines, or one week of life, a new one starts. Free.

Originally written by Nico Canali De Rossi and Robin Good for Master New Media and first published on August 24th 2008 as "Online Collaboration Technologies - New Tools And Web Services - Sharewood Guide Aug25 08"

Readers' Comments    
blog comments powered by Disqus
posted by Robin Good on Monday, August 25 2008, updated on Tuesday, May 5 2015

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.




Real Time Web Analytics