Web Apps & Software for Distributed Teams

17 November 2009 Categories: Internet tools

3845644631_655f36e931[1]I’ve recently explained on MakeUseOf.com how to use Google Maps as a tool for distributed teams. In this post I am going to review other tools that support and improve the work of distributed teams. The tools will help you improve the way you share files, communicate, and work collaboratively with people not near you.

File sharing

One of the basic needs of a distributed team is the ability to share files. For ad-hoc teams, who do not work together on a regular basis, Drop.io is a great solution. Drop.io is a private sharing and collaboration web app. It lets you instantly create a mini site, called ‘a drop’, into which you can upload any type of file. You can annotate the file with comments or sections of text and use the chat feature for synchronized work sessions.



Twitter Presentation – How to Use Twitter to Connect with Audiences

02 May 2009 Categories: Web Presence

Another great find by The Content Economy – “How to use Twitter to Connect with Audiences”. This presentation, by Corinne Weisgerber, discusses Twitter as a tool for Monitoring / broadcasting / responding / building community. It gives examples of crises management and how brands use Twitter. It also explains basic terms such as Retweet and Hashtag.

View more presentations from Corinne .

The Online Collaboration Tools Guide

18 April 2009 Categories: Internet tools

Numerous Collaboration tools and online storage applications offer a variety of collaboration abilities. Online collaborated editing, synchronization across computers, multiple file sharing , and on-the-spot windows and document sharing are just some of them. The following review will help you know and choose the right collaboration tools for your needs.

This is an excerpt of a guest post I wrote on ReadWriteWeb (by now it got more the 210 tweets). To read the full post visit the online collaboration tools guide.


6 Web Apps to Instantly Capture, Share, Display and Meet

14 April 2009 Categories: Internet tools

More and More new web apps enable us to do things that once required installation, registration, expertise and, of course, payments. The following tools will allow you to instantly video capture your screen, Share files, create a chat room, photo album, web meeting environment, or a MindMap – all within a few mouse clicks.

Instant video capture – ScreenCastle

ScreenCastle is a Video screen capture tool that works directly from your browser. To start recording your screen (and microphone) just enter the site, click the start button, choose the region to capture and press “start recording”. Once done, you will be given a link to view the video or a code to embed it into a website.


ScrennCastle – video screen capture


Report: What is Web 2.0 and how do Professionals Use it?

03 February 2009 Categories: future and current trends

web-201If you’re lost into the clutter of web 2.0 buzz words and definitions, CCH’s recently published survey report might come in handy. The objective of the report is “to gauge the effects that Web 2.0 and user-generated content are having on the way professionals access, absorb, and disseminate information”. It offers short and clear definitions for “Web 2.0”, “Blog”, “Wiki”, “RSS”, “Social Bookmarking”, and “Social Network”. What’s more, it presents paragraph-long scenarios for using each of them in professional settings (starting page 9), which can be useful if you’re looking to make a case for these kind of tools in your organization.



A Name is No Longer a Name – But a Hyperlink to a Person’s Profile – Social Media in Corporate Settings – a case study

23 December 2008 Categories: Knowledge Management

If you’re interested in social media in corporate settings, this post is for you. ‎‎A paper by Deloitte, presented in a Workshop on Social Networking in Organizations, briefly reviews the design and deployment of social networking tool, D Street, in the company.

D Street is a web-based application created with the goal to increase the points of connectivity among Deloitte’s professionals. The tool allows them to create profiles that share their professional and personal brand.

D Street is described as “a ‘mash-up’ that takes data from human resource systems and combines it with employee-generated content.” It is comprised of selected elements of social networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIN, which were applied to the specific business environment of the company.

What does it offer?

The following are a sampling of the data included on each personal profile (see screenshot):

  • Firm directory data including geography, contact information, service areas, service lines, function
  • People affiliations
  • Personal interests including hobbies and personal favorites
  • Suggested restaurants, things to do and places to see when visiting
  • Blog module
  • Presence awareness
  • Resume, publications and content
  • Work interests including affiliations, certifications and specializations
  • Deloitte programs, community and affinity group participation
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