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Google Aquires JotSpot

Reto Meier [PersonRank 10]

Tuesday, October 31, 2006
12 years ago12,142 views

googleblog.blogspot.com/2006/1 ...

Google has aquired JotSpot (www.jot.com), a player in the collaborative online publishing field. Should be a good fit with Docs/Spreadsheets/etc.

Wouter Schut [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Great service, but I wonder. Does Google buy technology or mind-share?

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I'd never even heard of JotSpot. Sounds interesting. Here are some interesting snips from their FAQ:

<<

Why is Google acquiring JotSpot?

Google shares JotSpot's vision for helping people collaborate, share and work together online. JotSpot's team and technology are a strong fit with existing Google products like Google Docs & Spreadsheets, Google Apps for Your Domain and Google Groups.

...

Will paying customers still be charged?

We will no longer be billing customers for the use of the service. Although you will still have use of the product at your current pricing plan, we won't charge you anymore when your current billing cycle expires.

>>

jot.com/google/faq.html

/pd [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

maybe they are just elimanting competation.. after all Jotspot is more of Project Mngt and Collobrative platform..

Wouter Schut [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Why do I have the feeling Google is just interested in the people and not the product?

What will remain of JotSpot if it is integrated into Writely/Docs/Pagecreator? Will writely become more wiki-like?

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Who have already heard about "Jot" or "JosSpot" before?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

From the forum 4 months ago:

Simon:
<<I'm a big fan of Google, but I do think they are squeezing the revenue of innovative web companies.

Take Jotspot as an example, if Google were to launch a similar offering it would inevitably be a free service. Who would then pay Jotspot for a similar product?>>

Niraj Sanghvi:
<<Simon, that's why Jotspot should either provide the service free and use ads to make money, or get acquired by Google :)>>

blogoscoped.com/forum/38329.ht ...

Dave B [PersonRank 2]

12 years ago #

I have heard of JotSpot, but am not familiar with.

Looking at their blog blog.jot.com/ , it looks like they have a lot going on:

-Wiki
-Calendar
-To-do lists
-Spreadsheet
-Photogallery
-Family Site

/pd [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

heheeh..my jotspot status == "This wiki is currently in hibernation"

now I have to reactive it.. for those who have a jotspot account ensure that you claim your url!! :)-

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Can you post some inside screenshots Peter? I failed to sign up before :)

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I have invited you Philipp to see my Wiki (sgd.jot.com).

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

(It doesn't have anything on... but you can play with it and get a feel for the service).

/pd [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Philipp, still awaiting my reactivated pwd.. will share screen shoots

but, I was so far ahead on this one and then it dropped of my radar.

peterdawson.blogspot.com/2004/ ...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Ah, cool thanks!

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Anyone else who wants to check out what it is can login to the Wiki described above with the following details:

u/n: sam[put at-character here]davyson.com
p/w: blogoscoped

Login page: sgd.jot.com/

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

You entered an incorrect password for this username. Please try again.

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Woops! Try now.

Reto Meier [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Wow, pretty ugly. Still, the concept is sound and that's the key.

Having seen it in action, I can see this as being a neat way to tie together Google Applications for your Domain. Currently each service stands alone, using the JotSpot metaphor (and replacing their calendar/spreadsheet/document/photo implementations with Google's) would be a neat way to group them together more tightly.

/pd [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Phillipp I sent you access.. will email you offline too!!

/pd [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

if anyone want to be invited as a user, just shoot me an email ..slash.pd @gmail.com

Jonathan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

If I get invited does this mean I can set up my own wiki?

/pd [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

guys, I am just sendin out the invite to whoever is asking.. not sure if what can/is happening at the backend.. :)-

Can someone share their experince and what happens when you actually get an invite (Nate /Carl ??) , do I need to set up permissions or can you do all that yrself ?

Jonathan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I get invited to work on your wiki. I thought an invite would entitle me to my own account and JotSpot kind of like how Writely is/was.

/pd [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Jonathan, I am not sure at all on what the invite does or even if it works :)-

Jonathan [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Not a problem. Thanks for inviting me (Carl!).

Kevin [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Prof. Lessig (Creative Commons) has been using JotSpot to collaboratively update his book "Code"

See ti here: codebook.jot.com/WikiHome/

Eric Strobes [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

If you want to know more about Jotspot, try jot.com/learn/

There's even a short video.

JDoe [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

/pd, Thanks for the invite. Just to confirm, it works very well and I'm able to get access to slashpd.jot.com

ema [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Thanks for invitation. Looks great.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Everyone, please only contact Peter as described above or use Sam's login, please don't ask for invites in this thread, as that usually "explodes" very quickly :)

Hashim [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I used Jotspot at the last small company I worked for, and for my 3 man team that were in a business plan contest.

The most powerful aspect of JotSpot that I saw was when one of my partners in the contest uploaded a spreadsheet into JotSpot, and it turned it into a fully functioning web form. He literally programmed a web form with just an excel sheet.

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Looking at screen shots (like this one blogoscoped.com/files/jotspot/ 1-page.png) Couldn't Google have done this by doing Page Creator + Google Spreadsheets + Google Calendar + Writely + PWA ???

[ Edit: Space added to prevent image showing – Sam]

[ Argh – The name has change to mine! Can't remember who it was who posted it – Sam]

/pd [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Ok the Updates via RSS are not working.. they need to take care of that..

JotSpot could also be the leverage point against sharepoint2007!! :)-


slash.pd.googlepages.com/jspot ...



and this is how it looks in my reader for the RSS for changes..


slash.pd.googlepages.com/jpsot ...



[edit on link – /pd]

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

The Google Enterprise blog just joined with an announcement, but the post is now removed (?):

<<We think Jotspot is a hotspot for enterprise. (...)

JotSpot made a name for itself as well as the category of application wikis --- as a platform for collaborative applications. JotSpot makes it easy for companies of all sizes to use wikis for collaboration in their intranet or for managing projects. (...)

We're excited about what that could mean for our enterprise customers. So, welcome Joe and team. We look forward to putting those wikis to work.>>
-- Dave Girouard, Vice President and General Manager, Google Enterprise
googleenterprise.blogspot.com/ ...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

JotSpot is now in a row with many other Google acquisitions in this nice AJAX timeline:

shmula.com/238/googles-acquisi ...

[Thanks Pete A.!]

Rigel [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

In comparison to jotspot, I find google's offerings slightly more polished, less clutter, and I like the colours better, but if the acquisition makes google happy, then I'm happy too.

Adil [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Go Google!!

/pd [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I'm having problems with "fancy Tabs" –


slash.pd.googlepages.com/jspot ...

/pd [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Dojo seems to be in stealth mode...

slashpd.jot.com/Lib/Resources/ ...

ofwler [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

[Message removed. No asking for invites please – Tony]

JennyPenny [PersonRank 6]

12 years ago #

I'm the only "Jenny" in the forum! I checked all the messages and they are all mine. :oS Peter, you said you sent me an invite, but I didn't receive it yet.

Is there anyway to get rid of the "Jenny McCarthy" link associated with my name – Jenny – that I use in this forum?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Jenny – as soon as you start using your full name, or something a lil more unique, more features will be available for your nick. For example, Jenny X. (X being the first letter of your surname) would work. If you have a homepage/ blog of some sort, you can also use a name appearing on your homepage. At the moment there may be others talking here who are named Jenny, so that's why not all features work for your first name only...

JennyPenny [PersonRank 6]

12 years ago #

=o(I think I'm the only Jenny here. I visit your website from home and at school, that's it. My IP adds come from Ont. Canada. My ISP's name rhymes with "cell". LOL And I use DSL.... arg.

Fine, I guess I'll have to come up with a "unique" name... =o(I shall think about it while I pack my stuff (I'm moving to a bigger place – yay).

I have a blog, but it's not searchable on Google or other search engines. What happens then?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

And if you don't find a good name you can also just use "Jenny X".

Mambo [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Jenny X has a cool ring to it :)

JennyPenny [PersonRank 6]

12 years ago #

=O(

I don't like "Jenny X". LOL =O(I'm gonna have no internet access for 4 business days starting at 2 am... and no phone for 2 days. =OS So frustrating... I hate coming up with "web IDs"...

=O(*SIGH~* You know, my immature friends call me "Jenny Craig" (the weight-loss program lady), "JC Penny" (clothing store), and "Jenny Penny". Maybe I should use one of those names.

I'm the only "Jenny" here(!!!)... I don't know why you guys won't believe me. I wrote all those posts. =...o(

=o(When am I gonna get to try JotSpot? waaa~

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Jenny, we believe you are you! :)
Tho even when you're the only Jenny that ever posted here, another Jenny might come along, and then she'll suddenly have your icon, PersonRank, special homepage link (once I created those for you) and what-not...
Jenny Penny sounds cool, why don't you go with it :)
Then, if you tell me your blog's URL, I can tweak the link if necessary, which was your original question...

> Is there anyway to get rid of the "Jenny McCarthy" link
> associated with my name – Jenny – that I use in
> this forum?

/pd [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Oh JennyPenny – sound kewl.. yeah show some Canuck spirit and join the party :)-

Btw, nice to have another Canuck in here :)-

Luckymurari [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Jotspot seems to be a nice feature but has many incompatible features in it as of now...i tried to install the applications forum,blog etc.,which r never installed...they have some problems may be.....
jotspotter.blogspot.com/2006/1 ...

JennyPenny [PersonRank 6]

12 years ago #

Hahahahah...!!!

Hmm... I guess "JennyPenny" DOES kinda sound cool, eh? LOL Okay, so I'll be known as "JennyPenny" from now on. Um, and I do have a blog – a new blog. Couldn't come up with a "cool" name for a blog, but here it is! concertos-concertos.blogspot.com.

So Peter and I are the only Canadians here? That's sad.

Thanks for your help!

- JennyPenny

/pd [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Woot Woot ?? Whats sad ?? (glancing over shoulder and seeing nada..!!)

Being a Canuck is not SAD , its the best igloo in the world to stay in!! :)-

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