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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Google Acquires JotSpot

The official Google Blog just announced Google bought wiki hosting service JotSpot. JotSpot’s co-founder Joe Kraus says, “Our first order of business is to move JotSpot to Google’s software architecture. While we’re doing so, we’ve turned off new registrations. But if you’re interested, sign up for our waitlist and we’ll keep you posted.” Paying customers will no longer be billed, the JotSpot acquisition FAQ states. The FAQ also explains just what JotSpot aims to be (sounds like your typical Web 2.0 pitch):

JotSpot’s wiki allows you to create rich web-based spreadsheets, calendars, documents and photo galleries. It’s as easy as using a word processor – you don’t need to know HTML. Thousands of businesses are using JotSpot to manage projects, build an intranet, share files and stay in sync with colleagues and customers.

Michael Arrington of TechCrunch in a review once called this “the best business-facing hosted wiki available,” whereas Yahoo’s Jeremy Zawodny said: “Stop calling it a Wiki and I bet more people would use it.”

Update: Sam invited me to the service so I took some screenshots. The site already looks somewhat Google-like and has nice usability & client-side scripting. JotSpot’s indeed almost anything, from wiki over calendar to spreadsheets application (most of which Google already has, so you can imagine they bought JotSpot more for the team than its product, as Wouter suggests in the comments):

Note that Sam is giving away account login details in this post’s comments, so you can try this yourself.

The discussion started in the forum.

[Thanks Reto Meier, Manoj Nahar and Sam Davyson!]


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