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Google Sites: JotSpot Returns, Joins Apps

Wiki creation service rebranded

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Google wiki acquisition, JotSpot, returned to public view as part of Google Apps, with a new name and 10GB storage for free accounts.

News of Google’s JotSpot purchase haunted the Internet on Halloween in 2006. Then, like the best candies in the trick-or-treat bag, it vanished from public view aside from JotSpot’s existing userbase.

Today, a trip to Google Apps reveals the return of JotSpot. The clever name had to be erased, a sacrifice to the gods of uniform corporate branding. JotSpot goes forward as Google Sites.

The functionality of Google Sites fits in with the other Apps services. Sites has a minimal learning curve, without having to muck about with icky HTML code to create a page. Several templates will get the Sites user up and running.

Through permission controls, access to viewing and editing Sites may be given to a few people or an organization. Any Sites pages may be opened to the world, in true wiki fashion.

With any change to Apps comes the perquisite Microsoft-killer commentary. The NYT Bits Blog called it “a rival to Microsoft’s SharePoint.” Google Sites: JotSpot Returns, Joins Apps

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  • http://www.pbwiki.com Chris Yeh

    Don’t forget about us (PBwiki) in the collaboration discussion.  After all, we’ve got thousands of paying customers, over 400,000 hosted wikis, and millions of users.

    What’s more, we don’t have a terms of service that grants us a permanent and irrevocable license to any content created by our users…as Google Apps does.

    There’s a reason why Facebook, Symantec, DePaul University, and the FDA trust their data with PBwiki.