Online Collaboration Site Adds Microblogging

PBworks today announced its Social Collaboration Update for PBworks Project Edition and Legal Edition, which integrates social media-style user profiles and microblogging.

By tying social networking and microblogging together with wiki-style authoring, document management, and project management, PBworks allows customers to use social media tools within the enterprise to boost team performance and productivity.

The Social Collaboration Update includes three key components: User profiles, microblogging, and email integration.

The new user profiles in PBworks allow organizations to specify which fields to include (e.g. office location, department, relevant skills and experience, etc.). This converts a company's PBworks Network into a searchable personnel roster. User profiles automatically include a list of the user's contributions such as edits and file uploads, as well as tasks each user is working on.

With this release, PBworks also supports real-time Twitter-style microblogging to facilitate unstructured collaboration such as brainstorming and discussions. Once users' ideas begin to develop and mature, they can be transferred to wiki pages for more structured collaboration.

Authorized users can add wiki pages and upload files by simply sending email. PBworks automatically creates a corresponding wiki page with timestamp, records the author, and includes any email attachments as links to uploaded files. Entire discussions can be transferred to PBworks by forwarding the most recent entry to a workspace.

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