5 Collaboration Tools Demonstrate How the Future Web Will Act

TalkWheelThe ability to collaborate with individuals and groups around the world is one of the greatest gifts offered by the new breed of online tool. These tools, and perhaps the web in general, are evolving to become more interactive and feature rich.

With the eventual adoption of HTML5 and its heavy support for AJAX, web pages are quickly becoming web applications in a foreshadowing of the next standard for web sites. Take note of these new tools as they will usher in the expectation that all sites begin to function instead of merely house information.

Below are 5 new breed collaboration tools making heavy use of HMTL5.

Groupzap – This one wins the coolness award in my book, but offers a really powerful set of tools for instant collaboration and brainstorming meetings and white boards on the fly. Marry it with Skype and you have a no cost tool that is hard to beat. You can drag files into the space, document with notes and save the entire session as a PDF. Nobody has to register you just send out a link via IM or email.

Microsoft Office Web Apps – (okay, this one probably doesn’t use HTML5 as IE doesn’t add support for it until IE9, but it still fits the new breed label) – Using the Office Web Apps and SkyDrive you can open a document with a group of people and  co-author and edit in real time with the entire group participating, making changes and viewing the changes live.

Google + Hangouts – One of the most talked about features of the much talked about Google + is Hangouts – a video chat function that allows you to invite or simply host an on the fly group video meeting. (There is now a Facebook plug in that mirrors this and you can add a Group Meeting plug in to your own WordPress blog)

TalkWheel – TalkWheel is an instant messaging platform that works more like a roundtable discussion than the linier stack of the typical IM. It actually create a visual representation of the conversations and filters and relates topics. Looks like a very cool way to keep track of conversations from around the web and I can see lots of focus group and brainstorming uses with its visual presentation.

Vokle – I’m probably stretching how some might view collaboration with this one, but I just love what you can do with Vokle. Vokle is actually a live streaming video platform, but it makes it very easy to have two people present or invite virtual guests to create a talk show kind of feel. You can also share a computer screen as the guest to flip back and forth from live presenter to slides or images. The entire stream can be recorded for future playback as well.

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John Jantsch

John Jantsch is a marketing consultant, speaker and author of Duct Tape Marketing, Duct Tape Selling, The Commitment Engine and The Referral Engine and the founder of the Duct Tape Marketing Consultant Network.
  • All of these are well worth the time.think I might try out a couple and see they work.

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

  • Anne @ VSee

    Thanks for the recommends.  Good collaboration tools are really important these days!  I just played around with GroupZap and wasn’t too impressed.  It’s too hard to manipulate and edit those
    little post-its.  You really should be able to directly draw and write
    on the whiteboard.  It doesn’t even begin to compare with VSee (which isn’t an HTML5 app), but it let’s you directly draw on a shared document or any application and videochat and file-transfer all in one tool.  The only problem is there’s no save screen/archive feature, so you just have to use your computer’s screenshot function.  Also VSee isn’t as cute and pretty as GroupZap with add-on post-its and arrows, but
    it’s way more useful.  Just my biased two cents 🙂

    • Anne – I’m afraid when you work for the company you are recommending and the one you say you’re not impressed with is a competitor, then it’s not two cents, it’s an ad – I don’t have any issue with you suggesting your solution, but please be very clear to inform people that you are employed by the organization you are promoting.

  • Jon McLaren

    why microsoft office web apps and not Google docs? Google docs has more features and you can have more than 400 people editing the same document at once(Tested this before, we didn’t hit a limit but others have said there is one at an insanely high amount)

    • Just trying to show alternatives, I talk about Google all of the time and the fact is many people work in organizations when MS office is all they can use.

  • Instead if using single apps from different vendors; you should try out Banckle’s Social and Collaborative Apps suite that combines all these daily-needed collaboration tools in a single bundle and allows you to execute live chats, online meetings, web conferencing, group chats, files sharing & sync, remote desktop sharing & accessing. Other tools allows collecting your customer’s feedback, and you can also have an email server for your business or personal use.

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  •  Thanks for this great share and loved the post. I have started trying these to my blog…

    Singha Roy


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  • We tried using the Google + Hangouts once and it was kind of a downer that it kept on lagging on real time responses. But then again, that was a few months ago. Perhaps, we’ll try another time soon and maybe it will work more smoothly now.