Last Updated: October 12, 2015 1

Twiddla – real-time online collaboration tool

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We can always rely on the internet for new ideas to emerge about what may be the next ìbig thingî or mega trend to emerge from out of the vast array of new ideas already being worked on. And certainly there is no wisdom in claiming that all great new ideas have already been thought of; both Google and FaceBook are both very young companies, and both fear being outsmarted by some upstart with greater insights and vision combined with programming skills to build a ìbetter mouse trapî than they offerings of Google and FaceBook. Certainly we have gone well past the advent of static web pages where there is information that cannot be commented on. And we have no a huge range of niche social networking platforms with which people can engage with so as to enable people build their own opinion and online persona. Software as a service using cloud servers to host applications and store user files rather than installing software locally to the computer is so very wide spread these days so as to be almost everywhere you look. And with the advent of cloud computers and software as a service, a huge new wave of applications have become available to the billions of people using the internet because retail distribution is no longer a necessary or even useful part of the software vendorís marketing plan. If you have a viable software application, you simply need to install it on a cloud computing solution online and market it directly to end users. The question is ìwhat will be the next big thingî.

Sharing Web Sites Live in Real Time

One minor possibility is the concept of ìco-browsingî in an online whiteboard environment. This is all about people logging into a software as a service application where those who are logged in are all sharing and commenting on the same web browsing experience. This could all relate to the meeting participants all sharing in a brain storming session to garner new ideas for their own project or design brief. By making web surfing a team sport within a software program where anything useful by way of text, images or videos can be grabbed and stored for later consideration, the meeting can be held by effectively any number of users from anywhere in the world at the same time. They are all able to share files, chat and input into the meeting and where it goes. The web sites that are co-browsed all become a shared experience as if many people were looking over the shoulder of one userís monitor; yet with the added benefits of everyone being able to grab something to highlight or save for later, and everyoneís opinions and contributions are noted with credit for where great ideas came from.

Twiddla Looking to Commercialise a New Way of Web Browsing

Twiddla is one such organization what is very hopeful for its commercial utility and widespread acceptance. Their web site is very easy to negotiate and the services seemingly very simple to use. However the free version is very light on for functionality and so users are fairly forcefully pushed into paying for a premium model of service in order to get much of the more useful tools to work. This is certainly true if you wish to conduct your co-browsing meetings in a private and secure way because only the paid for subscriptions allow for SSL security and for password protected meeting spaces. It is not that the pricing is excessive; the fourteen dollars a month option gives you full access to all the functions up to the limit of only one meeting at the same time and only one named user inside the meeting room. That is, other users in the meeting can contribute but they will not have a registered user account name and as such will not be able to access the saved files at a later time. To many people this will be small potatoes, and the free account will be perfectly acceptable; especially to the ground swell of kids who have jumped onto the bandwagon of fun with co-browsing. And when kids of today love something, this means it will become a serious part of professional life within fifteen years because as adults they will naturally take co-browsing with them into the work place. Certainly it is of great advantage to be able to have voice and video chatting in progress while browsing a particular web site for what ever purpose; especially brain storming type roles.

Twiddla is Committed to the Schhol Classroom

Longer term, it is clear that Twiddla envisages taking a serious role in the educational market place and they do push very hard that Twiddla is free for educational users where they will provide a pro or premium level account free of charge if you email them and demonstrate your bona fides. It is easy to see how a classroom could all engage in a teacherís dialogue while interrogating a web site for whatever reason. That and the team based projects often assigned to students where they break off into groups to undertake the work assigned to them. Web site co-browsing is all a logical step in the growing functionality of internet usage patterns.

Creating your Twiddla account is simple as registering your user name, password and email address. After confirming your email address, you will begin your thirsty days free trial with your account dashboard from where you can see and quickly access all that you have done before; including accessing all saved videos, documents, images as well as a list and information about your meetings that have been held. Using the free level of services as a guest member will not allow any meeting participant to return to a meeting after they have left, and no one will be able to save any of the documents r shared files used during the course of a meeting. It is too early know if Twiddla will truly take off; but co-browsing is going to be part of our internet future.