Posts Tagged: Groups

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 »

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 »

OnlineGroups.Net Welcomes MSN Group Managers

Microsoft has announced that MSN Groups will close in February 2009. They have made a deal with Multiply so that MSN Group Managers can create a group on Multiply, migrate their content and invite their group members from MSN Groups. The migration process worked pretty well on the small MSN group I created today, but… 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 »

Why Fight Email?

There are problems with email as a collaboration tool. The worst is email overload. A lot of email takes a lot of management. Triaging and curating email are especially difficult when the email lacks metadata that enables it to be assessed without opening the email. Even the best email management approaches take effort, and still… Read more »

Thanks from Users

One of the nice things about working in usability is that I do get thanked, in a way: people use what I create. Below is a screen-shot of the front-page topics listing on a GroupServer site — which I have edited to protect the users’ privacy. I was blown away by the sheer volume of… Read more »

Making a Group Work

For a group to be successful, the members must receive a benefit. One way that a group can benefit the members is to allow users to find out answers, and gain prestige. Alternatively, a group can be used as a news source, where the members find out information. Finally, while there is some idea of… Read more »