My co-author, Carolyn Elefant, and I are in the midst of re-writing the last and final draft of our book about social media for lawyers, which will be published by the American Bar Association in just a few months.
When we began, we required an online platform that would allow us to collaborate and create the first draft. Ideally, we wanted a platform that was easily accessible to both of us and would provide a forum to collect all of our discussions and notes, as well as allow us to upload the most recent versions of our work in progress.
As I researched the possibilities, I sought recommendations on Twitter in an effort to capitalize on the collective knowledge of my large following of knowledgeable, tech-savvy followers—more than 5,500 of them. I received a number of great suggestions, and also received a reply from a representative of a company called Glasscubes, a product that I had never heard of. Ultimately, it was the platform we chose to use.
It worked out perfectly for us. It offered a free, password-protected platform that included a discussion forum, a whiteboard that allowed us to create and edit documents online and the ability to upload recent drafts of Word documents, which then appeared as the first option when the draft was accessed, so the likelihood of inadvertently editing an older version was greatly reduced.
We also had the ability to add separate comments at the end of each document, which were not included as part of the document, a method I prefer over the alternative (adding comments to the document text). As is the case with many collaboration platforms, we could send messages to each other, schedules meetings and add task lists.
I particularly liked the interface, which was clean, user-friendly and intuitive. Glasscubes was the perfect platform for our purposes and I highly recommend it as a collaboration tool. Give it a try and let me know what you think.