Posts Tagged: Collaboration

Directly Adding Group Members — Does It Actually Help?

Recently Google removed the feature that enabled a group administrator add members directly to a GoogleGroup, without the need for the new member to take any action. Instead, the group administrator must invite new members, who must accept the invitation before joining the group. At OnlineGroups.Net, we made a similar decision a couple of years… Read more »

Community of Practice-Wrangling

Between 2007 and 2010, I started a community of practice for people who work with biodiversity information systems. At the outset of the project, I was not a member of the community. I did the project as a community of practice wrangler contracting to the Terrestrial and Freshwater Biodiversity Information System programme aka TFBIS. Now… Read more »

Is Email Killing Collaboration?

There’s a lot of talk about alternatives to email. But if you look at people on their computers, most of the time they’re not using Web 2 or Enterprise 2. They’re using email. We use email because everyone uses email. It’s the only online communication tool that everyone uses. So we’re stuck with it. And… Read more »

Shared Pages and Files in Email Groups

Today, Google announced that they plan to turn off the pages and files features in Google Groups “to focus on improving the core functionality of Google Groups — mailing lists and forum discussions”. Google Group members have until November to find a new home for their files and pages, and until February 2011 to retrieve… Read more »

Google Wave

In May last year Google released Google Wave. In August Google announced that they were shutting it down. Wave was an editor that allowed multiple people to edit the same document at the same time. It was similar to the editors that appeared in the labs during the early 1990s. In this post I examine… Read more »

An Email Address and an Inbox for a Group

The main weakness with email is its main strength. The wonderful thing about email is that every individual can have an email address and an inbox. The terrible thing about email is that a group can not have an email address or an inbox. Email is an individual-centric medium. That makes it a great medium… Read more »

The Three Requirements for Collaboration

There is no doubt that online collaboration technology has got better in the last twenty years. But has that resulted in more collaboration? Certainly, it looks like people spend more time hanging out online, but is the technology itself what makes the difference? I have seen enough instances of “build it, and they do not… Read more »

Why We Built GroupServer

If I had to sum up software development in one word, it would be “don’t”. When you know a bit about what’s possible, it is easy to be seduced by the notion that custom software could solve all your problems. Your business is unique of course, and so your requirements are unique. It seemed so… Read more »

Email: Consider Your Audience

In Why Fight Email?, I explained how OnlineGroups.Net makes email useful for group collaboration. Unfortunately, however, even though OnlineGroups.Net inherently adds useful metadata to email, it does not provide immunity from the GIGO (garbage in, garbage out) effect. If people send bad email, people receive bad email. Receiving bad email causes email overload. Inbox-management tools… Read more »