Google Sites Emerges from the Remains of JotSpot - Welcome to Google Sites

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2008-02-28 Print this article Print
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Just like everything else in Google Apps, Google Sites has been painstakingly crafted to be used by people with little or no technical background. Fill in the brief site background form, bang the Create Site button and off you go.


In October 2006, Google quietly acquired hosted wiki provider JotSpot. Rumors abounded that the JotSpot assets had been devoured and that the team had been blown up and moved around Google. In November, Google Product Manager and former JotSpot Vice President Scott Johnston told a meeting of the Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce in Michigan about a project called Google Sites, which would let users collaborate on projects. Today, meet Google Sites--the JotSpot wiki retooled and reincarnated as Google's wiki. Johnston told eWEEK that most of the foundation code in Sites is from JotSpot, but, as you can see in this slide show, he and his team have reworked the user interface to appear more Google-like.

By Clint Boulton


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