Socialtext collaboration free for up to 50 users

by Volker Weber


A free, hosted Socialtext account for up to 50 people from your company. It is private between co-workers. You and your colleagues get private, "Twitter-like" micro-blogging, social networking, and a shared wiki workspace. And you each get your own personal home page. If a collaboration network already exists for your company, you will be added to it. If not, one will be created.

That's how you get the word out. Let small groups work with the service and make money as they grow.

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Let users put their company related documents on your servers and then blackmail them. Nice try^^

Ralf Stellmacher, 2009-06-23

Gibt es sowas eigentlich auch für Vereine / Vereinigungen? Da hätte ich Interesse. Sorry, wenn ich mal wieder der letzte bin, der sowas mitkriegt ...

Oswald Prucker, 2009-06-23

Für Vereine ja, vielleicht. Aber für Firmen?

Let´s discuss our confidential processes on another companies servers. Our security folks will love this :-)

Adalbert Duda, 2009-06-23

Leaving a SMB's security infrastructure to one or two internal IT guys potentially puts IMHO a higher risk to your company's confidential data than storing it outside your walls and leaving security to people who should be professionals about it.

Marius Neumann, 2009-06-23

I am coming across /a lot/ of organisations who use Google Docs for material that needs to be shared with collaborators and associates. Aside from all of the outfits who have been outsourcing their Exchange and Microsoft Office application provision for years.

Nick Daisley, 2009-06-23

Strange. The linked page says "Free for 50 users". Then when you sign up, it's seems to go into 30-days-trial mode. We'll see what happens.

Joerg Michael, 2009-06-23

Thank you for the post Volker. We're very excited to be able to provide this to the tons of small companies, organization, charities, etc. out there who need collaboration.

For any company who wants secured, behind the firewall access, we offer a Socialtext appliance.

I'll follow up in more detail later, or answer any other questions, but I have to get back to the booth at Enterprise 2.0.

Alan Lepofsky, 2009-06-23

Two questions, Alan:

It's incredibly slow. Because I am in Europe, or because you have an abnormal load today?
Is the 50 ppl version a limited 30 days trial, or open end?

Volker Weber, 2009-06-23

Performance is so slow at the moment, it won't even render in my browser correctly.

Simon Barratt, 2009-06-23

I really don't want to sound like a marketing guy putting spin on anything, but honestly we we had so many requests, that it temporarily overwhelmed our servers. Everything should be ok now, if not please let me know.

We were amazed at the level of interest. Today was the first day at the show, and I literally had people coming up to me at the booth saying "Thank you, this is exactly what our company needs." It was a great day, my apologies for the problem. I guess overwhelming customer demand is a good problem to have though in the grand scheme of things.

No, the Free 50 is not limited to 30 days in any way. Where are you seeing that?

Alan Lepofsky, 2009-06-24

('scuse me Volker, but since we know that Alan reads vowe...!)

I absolutely don't buy the criticism about putting confidential materials on other peoples' servers.

I do worry about the speed - I think this is a system that has great potential, Alan, but you need to get a decent server infrastructure in place rapidly.

Trust me, I've been down the road of presenting a great service which did not take off because (not unreasonably) customers were less interested in the technology, than the way it was delivered to them. Early-day perceptions are hugely important.

People will rapidly drop off the edge if they perceive it as slow, irrespective of how good the technology, or how flexible it could potentially be. Good fortune with it.

Nick Daisley, 2009-06-24

Nick, the criticism about putting confidential materials on other peoples' servers is fueled by people who's job is endangered by this business model. Service providers can use economies of scale, that very few enterprises can match on their own. So if you look at the cost, many inhouse applications are no longer viable. What other argument can you use than FUD about the security of the data?

Alan, the service is much better today, but it's still barely usable. Ten seconds to display the dashboard isn't good enough.

Volker Weber, 2009-06-24

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