I was just checking out GROU.PS which enables you to create a read/write web2.0 portal…basically it brings together maps, blogs, wiki, bookmarks, etc…in the one service.
As the name implies it is for groups, so the idea is to create a communal portal…we have seen these all-in-one personal information management tools in the past for individuals, well here’s one for groups.
We are seeing groups in social bookmarking services, such as ma.gnolia, and a wiki is kind of a group by default, and communal blogs are also around…well the idea is to combine all these types of modules into one service.
GROU.PS is similar to these services, it’s like Ziki or a startpage, but for groups, and it is more dashboard oriented, with lots more access to various different types of web2.0 services.
Like Ziki, each group is described with tags, this adds to social discovery.
In a nutshell
Join a group and add your blog, you will then see your blog posts in the Blog section…add your del.icio.us links or choose from another service to see your bookmarks at the Link section (even specify to see bookmarks at the tag level), etc…basically a group river of news for blogs, bookmarks, photo’s, etc…with the bonus of wiki, IM, forums, etc…
If you haven’t got a blog, or use a bookmarks service, you can use the inbuilt blog and bookmark service…the wiki is also inbuilt, you can also post to your favourite forum or use the inbuilt forum….check out the rest of the features.
Keep up with their blog.
I’d like to have a PIM tool that gives me a userspace, where I can create tabs, each tab launches my favourite service, such as Wiki, RSS Reader, Photo’s, Bookmarks, IM, blog, forum, web monitoring, email, calendar, tasks, etc…but these services launch within the PIM tool somehow, and each service can talk to each other…this would be easy enough to do if all the services were inhouse, but since they come from different providers it’s a bit more complicated due to proprietary issues and data formats.
Basically a build it yourself PIM tool by connecting your favourite services.
What about a personal admin user space where you can access and use (publish)
…actually Startpages also enable you to view your bookmark service, gmail, weather, to-do, etc…this is the kind of idea I’m aimed at, accessing your modules from the one service.
Furthering this concept would enable you to write a blog post, write an email, IM chat, etc…from within the one service.
Startpages and people pages enable you to re-syndicate this type of information on the one page, but this is more of a display…GROU.PS also adds the collaborative aspect.
Although they can be interactive, which is what I’m after…some Startpages let you add a post to your bookmark service, and GROU.PS enables you to post to your favourite forum.
Soon I think we will see these Startpages and people pages incorporate more interactive features and group features, than more than just a re-syndication display page.