Friday, January 11, 2008

Social software options

There has been quite a bit written recently about web 2.0 and social software – particularly headlined by the Facebook rage. It got me thinking about the tools our team uses. We have a blog (yes, this thing you’re reading), a Google calendar that the team contributes to, and a couple of Google groups. Some other examples:
  • Many of us have Facebook sites.
  • Nerida and Bruce use Twitter a ‘micro-blogging’ program where they can send short messages via website, email or mobile phone.
  • Alison, Claire, Nerida and Bruce are on LinkedIn (a professional networking site).
  • Bruce has his own personal blog and China blog. Kathy writes her own blog (through (oops, must update this - K).
  • Claire and Melanie have Google Reader to subscribe to websites using RSS (Really Simple Syndication) Feeds – a great way to see when something new has been posted on your favourite websites, from one page (rather than having to visit every website separately).
Max Kiesler, an internet reviewer, has posted in his blog a list of 40 open source (free) social software programs. He writes:

While large scale social sites like Flickr, Digg, Youtube and Myspace have predominated the web-o-sphere over the past few years there still is a need for narrow content verticals in this arena. This list will give you links to 40 open source resources to get you started building your own social bookmarking, networking, filesharing or search application. The following is a list of what I consider the be the best open source social software that I've found over the past year.

Find his post here.
And Robin Good has also reviewed some options for collaborative software in a recent blog post here. He got some of his list of products from a website which looks very interesting – it’s an RSS feed all about collaborative software.
Robin’s list includes tools to send large files to anyone, instant messenger gateways allowing you to connect simultaneously to all your favorite instant messaging networks and a couple of interesting tool to draw, annotate and share web page markups.