Online collaborative technology(social networking)

Description

Online collaborative technology is a combination of emailing, instant messaging, wikis, web chat, social networking, and project management. A single conversation (can contain documents, videos pictures etc) can be sustained and developed, operating both as an instant messaging service, emails and threaded conversations (i.e. topic clusters)

Examples

Benefits and advantages

  • Enables people to participate in a single document by adding their thoughts, pictures, videos files etc.
  • It operates in real-time, meaning it updates as and when users make changes.
  • “Playback” allows users to see what the previous version of the document look like before changes.

Risks and disadvantages

  • Complicated to use – excludes technically unaware persons
  • Requires that persons are invited individually
  • The formatting within the shared documents is rather basic, printing documents can be a challenge
  • These technologies are still in the developmental stages