[pmwiki-users] Google launches a Wiki - Jotspot publishing platform

Simon nzskiwi at gmail.com
Thu Feb 28 16:03:17 CST 2008

Thought you might find the 'competition' interesting, course its
hosted, but also wsyiswg


Google Sites is the easiest way to make information accessible to
people who need quick, up-to-date access. People can work together on
a Site to add file attachments, information from other Google
applications (like Google Docs, Google Calendar, YouTube and Picasa),
and new free-form content. Creating a site together is as easy as
editing a document, and you always control who has access, whether
it's just yourself, your team, or your whole organization.

 Anyone can do itBuilding a site is as simple as editing a document,
and you don't need anyone's help to get started.

 One-stop sharingCreate a single place to bring together all the
information your team needs to share, including docs, videos, photos,
calendars and attachments.

 Work togetherInvite co-workers, classmates, or your entire
organization to edit your site with you to keep it fresh and
up-to-date. And let as many or few people view your site as you want.



Google Relaunches Jotspot
 Michael Arrington
February 27 2008

 Google acquired hosted wiki service Jotspot in October 2006. The
service immediately stopped taking new users, although existing users
were supported. Now, nearly sixteen months later, Jotspot has been
relaunched under the Google Apps team, as Google Sites.

 Google Sites looks absolutely nothing like Jotspot, other than the
fact that both are hosted wikis. All of the structured data templates
launched by Jotspot in July 2006 have been stripped out. Users now
have a choice between just five basic templates - a standard wiki, a
dashboard where google gadgets can be embedded, a blog-like template
for announcements, a file cabinet for file uploads, and a page for
lists of items. Instead of creating structured templates, users will
now simply embed spreadsheets, presentations and word documents from
Google Docs, as well as Google Calendars, YouTube Videos and Picasa

 Like Google Docs, Google Sites wikis can be made private, shared with
others, or made public. Users can select from a variety of templates,
but cannot yet customize the look and feel of the site. Somewhere down
the road, Google says, they'll release an API for the new service as
well. Editing is done with a rich text editor that allows for basic

 Google Sites is a free product, with limitations on support and
storage (10 GB). Users can upgrade their Google Apps account to a
standard edition, also free, and map their own domains to the site. A
premier edition is also available for $50/user/year that includes a
service level agreement, support and more admin capabilities.

 All wiki pages have RSS feeds associated with them to allow users to
track any changes.

 Existing Jotspot users will continue to be supported on the old
platform for the near future, and they will also be given instructions
for porting their Jotspot wikis to Google sites.

 In an interview today, Google's Management Director of Enterprise
Matthew Glotzbach called the combined products under Google Apps a
"Microsoft Sharepoint killer" because it's allowing businesses to
collaborate without all that expensive Microsoft software. It may not
be a Sharepoint killer yet, but Google Apps constitutes 2-3% of
Google's total revenues. Some point soon, its going to start hurting

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