Google Sites Emerges from the Remains of JotSpot - Sharing Is Caring

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2008-02-28 Print this article Print
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Invite users to your newly created Web page just as you would share a Google Document. Simply choose whether the users will be site owners (full use and permissions), collaborators or viewers, and list their e-mail addresses. Advanced permissions let you decide who can see your site.


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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