A few weeks ago, Ken gave me early access to the upcoming JotSpot 2.0 so that I could kick the tires a bit. It didn't take long to realize that they've taken most of the complexity out of a Wiki and built something that a lot of people would be comfortable using to publish and organize information as part of a group.
Aside from a few suggestions for improving the product, the only other feedback I could offer was:
Stop calling it a Wiki and I bet more people would use it.
I was only half joking. JotSpot is really powerful stuff. It does a lot of the non-email stuff that Yahoo! Groups ought to provide (easy on-line spreadsheet, group documents, simple photo sharing, easy theme management, etc.) in a way that's uncluttered and easy to grok.
Nice job, guys!
Posted by jzawodn at July 24, 2006 12:19 PM
Looks like the PBWiki.com style of "keep it simple stupid" has caught on...
The new Jot looks a lot nicer.
The other 'non-wiki' player in the space is http://www.centraldesktop.com. Our firm started it using Central Desktop after getting lost in the complicated nature of Jot.
The new interface looks much better than I remember it from six months ago. Alas, we are hooked on Central Desktop now and feel that they have an easier interface and more powerful solution.
I took just a brief look at jotspot, I will be going back to it, centraldesktop as well. In our company, the main problem that we've started having, as our internal wiki has grown, is the lack of a hierarchal nature to it. If 10 people have written 10 different postings about subject YYY, there is no way to bring that info together other than through search, which may or may not work effectively depending on the words that they used. Seems to me that if you could either add tags to a posting or multiply assign the posting to different places in a bigger hierarchy, it would be much more usefull and easier to find the info that you're looking for.
wow, good call.
so is it true that anything you blog about eventually gets Googleized? j/k.
And now the mighty Google monster have swallowed them whole! The lucky sods!