Wish List: Discussion Groups as Easy to Use as Email

One thing on my wish list for Christmas is a team discussion application that’s as easy to use as as email.  It seems that no matter how hard I try use collaboration tools,  team discussions started in an application like SharePoint inevitably end up moving to email.   I don’t like lengthy  email discussions: they clutter up my inbox, threads are dsitributed and not easily searched, and they take place in a vacuum. 

What I really want is dynamically generated discussions:  I want something that recognizes that a discussion between 3 or more people has started and automagically moves the content to the correct centralized project discussion forum.  It’s then able to inform others on a project of the discussion so that they can join in. All the while, the interface is as simple as writing and replying to an email.

Is there such a thing or is that a pipe dream?


1 comment so far

  1. audie on

    Just checking out your blog and saw the pipe dream question—there was one—in 2000 called eCourier.
    Greatest for ‘webinar’ but was designed to run UDP on the mutli-cast technology. Desktop program about 20 Meg and i referred to it as ’email on steroids’.
    Pass any size doc. format, video & NO VIRUSES could be transmitted.
    Hard to convice ISP/CLEC to run multi-cast so we devleoped technology to run on VPN (linux) and were making inroads til the cash burn kill the company—that and 9/11!
    Just thought you might want to know & not sure where this technology is headed…


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