#154 Free & Easy Collaborative Writing

I recently discovered EtherPad, a web-based word processor that allows people to work together in real-time. When multiple people edit the same document simultaneously, any changes are instantly reflected on everyone’s screen. The result is a new and productive way to collaborate on text documents, useful for meeting notes, drafting sessions, education, team programming, and more. If you’ve seen or heard any of the hype about Google Wave this seems to be similar…but easier to use and MUCH more available.  (No invitation required!)

What it does

Etherpad puts collaborative editing in your hands without requiring any registration and makes giving access as simple as sharing a link.  Go see my sample document and add a comment of your own.

Take the tour and check out their FAQ page for more details.

You’ve GOT to have questions about this one. If not, how could you use something like this? (Just think of the possibilities of this for meeting notes.)  Drop a note in the comments and let us know.

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