Because we work in a virtual environment with my team at times (as well as our extended team) we use a social application called SocialCast that helps us facilitate our internal communication needs.
We once used Yammer but found that to be a complete failure for more than one reason. But I’ll admit, we did try the P2 Theme in hopes that we could use yet another WordPress-powered solution for our business.
It didn’t pan out to be something that was as robust as we needed and we didn’t want to take the time to develop additional features that would work for us – so we took something off the shelf that worked just fine.
But a recent product from SitePoint just came across my radar that might be worth a few minutes of your time today to see if it may be useful for your team.
It’s called Podling and it’s simply a quick and easy collaborating tool that you can get started with in a few seconds, literally.
It’s very much like P2 in that it’s a Twitter-like interface and system where you can post updates and include attachments to your team. The difference, of course, is that you don’t have to setup any database or install WordPress and then upload the P2 theme to get started – the amount of friction for engagement is significantly lower.
Again, as I mentioned before, I was up and running in moments. I signed up, got in, and was able to start inviting people to the conversation immediately with a dedicated link in an email:
You can share this directly and allow people to join your conversation. In fact, you can join the WP Daily test one right here.
Slick, right? You can upload files and like a conversation easily:
It’s even got a native iOS app that’s available for free as well. I tested that out quickly too:
Not bad, not bad.
With the low-cost of free and the simplicity of getting started I can see many different uses for Podling in collaborative contexts for businesses as well as one-off conversations. The choice is entirely up to you.
Is this something you could see yourself using?