Top 5 Web 2.0 Collaboration Tools

#1 Blogs

This one was a no brainer really. Blogs have changed the way we communicate and share information. While blogs are more like someone giving a presentation, they at least provide a great opportunity for Q&A. It amazes me how such a light weight CMS has such a huge impact on our lives.

#2 Forums

Forums are one of the few remnants left over from the dot bomb. Much like tortoises escaping dino extinction, forums are a still a great medium for collaborating especially when you consider the potential for time shifted collaboration. A must have for a true collaborative forum is RSS

#3 Wikis

Wiki’s have a lot of interest from the enterprise, but many people aren’t sure how to use them. They can be intimidating for the non techies. Wiki’s are a lot like blogs in their versatility. I’ve even seen people use wiki’s as their personal website. I think the full power of the wiki is still yet to be seen. The must have for wiki adoption in your company is a good WYSIWYG editor (RSS doesn’t hurt either).

#4 IM/SMS

Have you ever sent an IM or SMS to someone who was sitting right next to you because it was easier than taking off your headphones? If you have, then I don’t have to tell you anymore. If you haven’t then there is only way to convince you: skype me. It is so much faster than sending an email or picking up the phone.

#5 Shared Bookmarking

This is quietly becoming a major new media trend. A company that institutes enterprise level bookmarking will never go without it again. If you want to get a taste for what it’s like, get your team to sign up for del.icio.us. Create a unique tag; for my company, we’d use menloprk because there is a very low chance someone would use that tag outside of our company. Now have your team subscribe the RSS feed for that unique tag. I promise it will change the way you share interesting articles.

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Social media anthropologist. Communications strategist. Business model junkie. Chief blogger here at New Comm Biz.
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