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Ajax desktops

Please have a look at this article from ZDNet news which describes the way in which three relatively new ajax desktops work. (The desktops are bookmarked at my del.icio.us page under Ajax and tools.)

These are not exactly social software in the sense that Flickr or del.icio.us are, but they are part of the socialsphere, if I am allowed to make that word up. By using them as your homepage you can get a customised set of links and RSS feeds that will keep you informed of changes in every site that you are interested in. This has powerful implications for connecting people into tribes of interest.

A question: is it possible to get RSS feeds from commsys and mimerdesk? If it is, then any one of these portals would provide each of us with a single unified way of keeping up-to-date. If it is not possible to get an RSS feed out of them, then I know a workaround that will make it possible. It just requires some of the tutors to do two minutes extra work when they post things 🙂

What’s more, Paperflakes has a module allowing you to link to ZoHoWriter and Netvibes has a module for Writerly. These are two online, sharable, social wordprocessors. They are social software in the usual sense of the term, and they might be a very interesting way to construct joint project reports.

I have been trying these out for the past few days, and my current recommendation is NetVibes, although PageFlakes is also interesting. (I can’t stand the messy interface that Protopage has, but other people may love it!) I am very interested to hear what other people think – especially about using it to cement together all the sites we have to deal with on this course.

One Response to “Ajax desktops”

  1. Arvind Says:

    Thanks for mentioning Zoho Writer. Do check out our other services at http://zoho.com

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