Writeboard debuted today. I had high hopes after the buzz in the blogosphere, but unfortunately I'm sorely disappointed. One selling point was that you don't actually have to sign up. You might as well have to; they ask for a writeboard name, a password, an email address, and an agreement to their terms. Why can't I just go to writeboard.com and get an editor immediately? That's what I thought they were promising. It should keep track of my writeboards using a cookie (so I don't lose them when I accidentally close the window). If I want to invite someone else or move to another browser or computer, I should be able to type email addresses into a field in the side bar. Right now I have to click a button, then type in the email address, then click another button. Invitees should get a URL which will take them directly to the writeboard. I don't think having them type a separate password is necessary so long as the URLs are difficult enough to guess. I'm probably going to email them the password anyway. Second, why isn't this live? Isn't this the time of Ajax? Forget live editing. When two users make changes at the same time, it doesn't tell you! You see both changes in the sidebar, but the latter change replaces the first, no merging. How hard is diff? How is Writeboard different from a wiki? At least a wiki makes it clear when there's a conflict, let's you link and format easily, etc. Next, I tried Jotspot Live. It's basically the same thing as Writeboard except it supposedly enables live editing a la SubEthaEdit. The verdict: Jotspot Live is nothing like SubEthaEdit. It breaks down the changes into visible, paragraph-granular chunks. I want to collaborate on a single cohesive document. Maybe Ajax can't cut it here. Thankfully we have Java applets and Flash. Could someone please use a technology because it's right for the job, not because it's the latest fad?
Monday, October 03, 2005
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