One of my very smart blogging buddies pointed me towards BaseCampHQ.com in a post the other day. (Which very smart blogging buddy, I can’t remember due to the large quantity of wine consumed at the 40th and 60th b’day parties this weekend… feel free to step forward identify yourself for smart-blogging-buddy credit!)
ANYWAY, the guys over at 37 signals have produced a whole series of award winning Web 2.0 tools for working collaboratively over the hinternet. Perhaps useful working on restaurant guides with teams in cities that are far.
I’ve taken a quick look at their portfolio of apps and they look pretty interesting:
BaseCamp – “project collaboration”
— useful for tracking all those milestones you zoom right by while you are having online meetings and making endless to-do lists.
Ta-da List – “Sharable to-do lists”
— useful for creating those aforementioned to-do lists, and for voluntelling your honey to do stuff without ever having to see the “you’ve-got-to-be-shitting-me” face.
Backpack – “organize info for personal & business”
— another place to create time consuming lists of stuff you may or may not ever get done. But this time it’s personal.
Campfire– “Group Chat for your business”
— for afternoon chats with far flung friends under the guise of online meetings, when MSN really doesn’t let you keep a detailed enough log of all your witty quips.
Writeboard – “collaborative writing”
— useful for endless rewrites of stuff that was probably good enough to start with, but you’ll never know, because you are too busy finding a way to incorporate everyone’s edits, comments and corrections to actually use the content.
I’m giving them a test run to see if there is value in the free versions, what the return on investment might be on the pay-per-use versions (most are monthly subscriptions), and if these might provide an easy to integrate tool set for the CheapEats Teams across Canada (and hopefully beyond.)
So my tech-savvy and not-so-savvy friends, I’m wondering if you have played with these tools and what you thought of them? Anything that you found particularly useful or effective? Anything that you found particularly irksome, annoying or dodgy?