Collaborate on the Fly with Google Shared Spaces

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If you were a fan of Google Wave’s integrated gadgets, or just need a place to set up some easy real-time collaboration, then check out Google Labs’ new Shared Spaces. Shared Spaces uses Wave’s technology to provide private collaboration spaces that you can invite others to via a provided short link. There are about 50 gadgets already available, such as the Map Gadget, Draw Board, WaveTube, yourBrainStormer, Napkin Gadget, and a few games. Once you choose the gadget that suits your needs, you simply click Create a Space and your window will open, complete with a chat area, link, and buttons to invite others via Email, Buzz, or Twitter. Once you’re finished, spaces can be deleted simply by selecting the Delete this Space button.

Each gadget on the list has a short description, and can be opened in its own page, where users can leave comments via Disqus, which will help others decide if the gadget will work well or not. This will be especially good if Shared Spaces catches on with the JavaScript programming community, and a ton of new gadgets start appearing.

You need to be logged in to your Google Account to use Shared Spaces, and authorize it for access. It should also be noted that, as of yet, it doesn’t appear to be working in Internet Explorer.

EDIT: According to the Google Blog, you can also log in via Twitter and Yahoo accounts.

What are your thoughts on Google’s Shared Spaces?

Bobby Travis

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4 Comments:

  1. Google products are always useful and productive. 2-3 of them were failed but Google shared spaces is very useful especially when we have a virtual team thus making it easy to share and chat with them.

  2. I agree Whiztechy. I think I will probably use it when chatting with someone and I have a sudden need to illustrate an idea or some other visual aid. The fact that it’s free, and dead easy to get started in are great for me! ^^

  3. A copywriter friend and I used GWave when we collaborated on projects, but it was a bit of over-kill so we switched over to Google Docs … I’ll have to mention Spaces to her. Thanks once again for bringing my attention to something useful Bobby.

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