It's the Web, stupid
JotSpot's new JotLive service just officially launched today. It's a slick little wiki service. It offers real-time, online document editing by multiple users. By real-time, we mean that when a person updates a document, the changes show up immediately in the other person's browser, without them having to refresh the page. It's wiki-meets-IM. To see what we mean, you can create a free account and then invite yourself as a second user. Open up two browsers and watch the changes made in one browser show up instantly in the other. We're not exactly sure who would use it and for what, but it's there for the taking.
Along the same lines is the recent release of Writely, a word processor for the Web service, created by Silicon Valley start-up Upstartle. The free service lets you upload Word documents and edit and share them online. The company suggests using the service for "meeting notes, team calendars, technical specs, sign-up sheets, proposals and much more."
And lastly, keeping with the desktop-to-web meme, Jeremy Zawodny is taking a voluntary, one-month vacation from his desktop mail applications in favor of Yahoo Mail and Gmail. It's an excuse to compare the new Yahoo Mail interface with Gmail. And a chance, he says, "to get a step closer to seeing Sun's vision of the network being the computer.''
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Word processing on the web...continued
We wondered last week whether there was a big enough marketplace for the new breed of quick and easy, wiki-ish document-sharing apps such as JotLive and Writely. Add another one to the list today - Writeboard, a free service from the highly regarded c...
October 3, 2005 9:27 AM
A simple usage for JotSpot Live just came to me in entrepreneurship class today--collaborative brainstorming. Fifty laptops in the room, all able to add their input alongside class discussion. This would be a great tool in education.
I like your work, your coverage of startups and products better than lots of technology reporters.
Nice reporting, but I would like to see a little more depth and credit where credit is due.
When you drop notes in there about "the network is the computer" and Zawodny being a visionary, it kind of makes me queezy. This is 2005. This is 'years' after apps like this started showing up on the net. I remember some early apps in the late 90's. Who were the real innovators and visionaries who toiled to make this 'overnight success?'
Hey Dru, point taken. But I wasn't assigning "visionary" status to anyone. Just pulling together a few recent threads related to the "web as a platform'' idea, or whatever you want to call it. Clearly, some of this stuff is old-hat. But it seems to be (re)emerging more vigorously now.
Hi - one of the Writely guys here.
I should mention that we also handle multiple live authors. We consider collaboration to be a key component of our application. In fact, the first use for Jotspot mentioned on this list has also been suggested for us by a number of our education users.
We also handle revision tracking, which is important in the context of multiple authors to a document, and, finally, we let people publish documents to their blog or to the web if they want to.