Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Meet SocialBook, a New Way to Get Your Group On

Move over, Google Docs, and Pen.io, make room: there's a new collaborative writing tool in town. BookRix, an online site that allows writers to upload and share their work for free, has launched SocialBook, a program designed to facilitate one-step collaborative writing. You “design and create a theme or topic for the kind of content you’d like to bring together,” they explain, and SocialBook will automatically compile relevant entries from across the Internet into a custom ebook.

So far, content can be shared from Facebook, Twitter, and BookRix accounts—just identify your post as intended for SocialBook using a specific #hashtag, and the SocialBook software does the rest. Beyond facilitating group writing in general, SocialBook is perfectly designed to anthologize conversations and keep tabs on all those social media comments so often lost to the vortex of cyberspace.

Since both Facebook and Twitter posts have character limits, SocialBook seems best suited to compilations of quotes, jokes, one-liners, and brainstorms. But sharing longer content isn’t impossible—participants can contribute musings of any length via their own (free) BookRix accounts.

What do you think? Does SocialBook address your collaborative writing needs—or have you got some group-oriented tech tricks of your own?

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