18. Take a look at some online productivity (word processing, spreadsheet) tools.19. Explore any site from the Web 2.0 awards list, play with it and write a blog post about your findings.
I checked out the Web 2.0 and knew a few of the winners and runners up from other places (such as this blog.) However under meebo (see, I was not kidding,) there is a site for private web-based collaboration in a chat room setting. The product is called Campfire. How homey hotdog on a stick and s’mores sounding.
Campfire allows a user to register a abcd.campfire.com address which will give them access to a number of self-created rooms allowing people (4 in the free version) to chat, while being able to upload pictures, documents and have a record kept of each user and the chats in which they were active participants. This could be a great collaborative tool used for real time conversation. And best of all, it is web based, so no software holed up on your computer.
The people who bring you Campfire, 37 Signals has a number of free business productivity applications, including Writeboard which works like a private, free, web-based wiki space. Great for collaboration and it keeps each version of the document for future use and for back up to “oops, um ah… I deleted part of the file by accident on the wiki, does anyone remember what was there, or can you recreate it?” thing that never happens on a wiki space. Ok maybe once or twice.