Almost overnight, a whole host of Web-based collaborative word
processing programs–Office meets Wiki, if you will–have cropped up,
most of them the product of either AJAX or Ruby development. The
- SynchroEdit (can be used by writers and coders alike)
- JotSpot Live (designed more for group notetaking)
- Zoho Writer
- Writeboard (from 37Signals)
- Writely (includes blog support)
Makes me wonder whether the idea of separate Wikis, content management
systems, word processors, and blogs might wither on the vine in favor
of some collective, collaborative Web entity. Throw in some open-source
social networking system like Ning
and you’ve got an instant grassroots community Web site, which you
could make public or private (or alternately both), and need nothing
more than a barebones Web server and net access to run it.
Somewhere, Steve Ballmer is screaming in panic.