A while ago I wrote a blog entry on wikis, specifically WetPaint Wikis. One major reason that people use wikis is that they can provide a centralized place to work on committee or group projects. While wikis are extremely versatile and can be used for multiple purposes, they don’t generally have an inherent structure which means that someone has to carefully set up the structure much like one would build a website. If you need a centralized place for group work and want something even easier than a wiki, Wiggio is the place for you! Unlike wikis, Wiggio was created with the specific purpose to facilitate online group work and contains many additional features that wikis don’t provide.
Wiggio incorporates a variety of social technologies into an easy-to-use shared web portal. Next time your committee needs a shared online space, simply set up a Wiggio page and invite members of your committee to the page. You’ll be able to not only share links, documents, polls, and a calendar, but Wiggio also gives you a variety of mechanisms to communicate directly on or from the group page. Wiggio allows group members to leave typed or voice recorded notes for each other as well as easily send email or text messages to group members directly from the group page. Wiggio also incorporates virtual meeting software into the group page so members can chat online, hold a teleconference (at a phone number provided by Wiggio), and even have a virtual meeting with full screen and document sharing, as well as webcam capabilities.
Wiggio seems to run incredibly smoothly and with the exception of Java for the virtual meeting presenter, does not require any additional software. Best of all… Wiggio is completely free! That said, Wiggio does contain sponsored links and states on their FAQs that they will be adding additional “premium” components that will require a paid membership. Try it out with your committee work, suggest it to your students for group projects, use it to co-author your next article- Wiggio is a great technology for any collaborative work you might have. Overall, I highly recommend Wiggio.