Writeboard is a simple (some would dare to say overly-simple) collaboration tool. The author of the text can receive feedback from anyone they invite to the tool’s URL assigned to their page through either the comments or the compare function. Text editing itself is extremely limited and uses a coding system. This tool is not recommended as an all-inclusive collaboration tool. Nor is it suggested for fine tuning text projects. Instead, Writeboard is the ideal tool for collaboration in the beginning stages of text editing when the authors wish to compare and exchange ideas on text based projects.
Overall, Writeboard has many limitations, but with these limitations comes extreme ease of use. For group projects where a large difference in the degree of technological knowledge between partners exists, this collaboration tool may just be the ticket. Simple and easy to learn, there is really nothing to it!
Twiddla is a great tool for real-time collaboration over everything from graphics to documents to websites. The idea behind this tool is that the user can interact with the group members as if there was a whiteboard laid over the information. This allows the users to help each other navigate webpages, or make suggested changes to a document. The numerous tools available include the draw function, text function, and shapes function. All of these are meant to make Twiddla productive yet fun for groups in the brainstorming process.
In general, this tool is not recommended for groups in the final stages of collaboration. This tool is better served for the brainstorming function in group work. It allows an easy and interactive way for members to make suggestions, guide group travel, and chat about projects. Since it is a real-time application, this tool only saves the “whiteboard” editing that members perform, and not the actual documents. Therefore, this tool is best served as a catalyst and not a long-term project tracker.