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Dropbox | Wiki Systems | Google Docs | Podio

Dropbox


Download < Platform Tool > Cost: Free - Level of Difficulty: Easy - Advantage: Easy to use - Disadvantage: Sometimes un-reliable

Quick Description
Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Dropbox also makes it super easy to share with others.
Equipment Needed
Computer, connection to the internet.

Further Detail
Dropbox makes sharing so easy that you'll be amazed at the things you can do. Invite your friends, family and teammates to any folder in your Dropbox, and it'll be as if you saved that folder straight to their computers. You can send people links to specific files in your Dropbox too. This makes Dropbox perfect for team projects, sharing party photos with friends, or recording your band's new album.
Tips
-Make sure to back up important files because sometimes Dropbox files will become corrupt.
-Make sure multiple people are not editing the same document simultaneously.
LinksDropbox Home

Wiki Systems


Download < Platform Tool > Cost: Free - Level of Difficulty: Moderate- Advantage: Easy to use - Disadvantage: Difficult to Monitor

Quick Description
Wiki is a free is a collaboratively edited, free Internet platform. The platform is derived from Wikipedia and is open source.

Equipment NeededComputer, connection to the internet.
Further DetailWikipedia is a collaboratively edited, multilingual, free Internet encyclopedia supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Its 26 million articles, over 4.2 million in the English Wikipedia alone, are written collaboratively by volunteers around the world. Almost all of its articles can be edited by anyone with access to the site, and it has about 100,000 active contributors. As of April 2013, there are editions of Wikipedia in 286 languages. It has become the largest and most popular general reference work on the Internet, ranking sixth globally among all websites on Alexa and having an estimated 365 million readers worldwide.
Tips
-Remember that even using a system that is user edited it still requires constant monitoring and updates.

LinksWikispacesWikipedia

Google Docs


Download < Platform Tool > Cost: Free - Level of Difficulty: Easy - Advantage: Easy to use - Disadvantage: Privacy Concers

Quick Description
Google Docs allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users.

Equipment NeededComputer, connection to the internet.
Further DetailGoogle Docs allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users. Google Docs combines the features of Writely and Spreadsheets with a presentation program incorporating technology designed by Tonic Systems.
Tips-Make sure to back up important files because sometimes Google Docs files will become corrupt.-Make sure multiple people are not editing the same document simultaneously.
LinksGoogle Docs

Podio


Download < Platform Tool > Cost: Moderate - Level of Difficulty: Easy - Advantage: Easy to use - Disadvantage: NA

Quick Description
Podio users create workspaces to collaborate with specific groups of people, use an Employee Network for company-wide communication across departments and locations, and get their work done using Podio Apps.
Equipment NeededComputer, connection to the internet.
Further DetailPodio is an online work platform with a new take on how everyday work gets done. Podio gives people more power than ever before to manage their work in their own way and is trusted by thousands of teams, companies and organizations worldwide. Podio users create workspaces to collaborate with specific groups of people, use an Employee Network for company-wide communication across departments and locations, and get their work done using Podio Apps. Anyone can build their own Podio Apps without any technical skills, and can choose from hundreds of readily available, free apps in Podio's App Market. These apps add structure to any business process or project and are connected to social, collaborative activity streams used for commenting and discussion.
LinksPodio