Collaboration service Huddle.net, which supports the LinkedIn and Facebook social network sites, has launched its online collaboration application on Ning, the platform for creating social networks.
Huddle Workspaces is now a part of the Ning Apps, suite of applications for social networking. Andy McLoughlin, co-founder and product director at Huddle.net, said: "Huddle is a platform in its own right, but we recognise our users' wish to access it from whatever social network they are a part of. We won't be stopping here. We will be launching on another major social network in the very near future."
Until now developers have been able to create applications for one individual or profile, who could then share them with his/her network one friend at a time. Huddle claims that Huddle on Ning is the first time an application can be made available to all users on a social network site, not just individual profile pages. The company said Huddle on Ning offers the key features of its online collaboration platform including secure, private workspaces for secure team collaboration, document sharing and discussions. Each user receives 1Gb of free storage and can invite others and work together with unlimited connections.
Huddle on Ning is designed to enable social network site operators to design intranets for their groups, share confidential information or store a networks' documentation. Huddle said users can use its document management tools and create and edit documents online in .doc and .xls format. They can post comments on files, request approvals and send notifications. Documents can also be locked and checked out of the system for offline editing. All activity in a workspace is recorded and can be delivered via an RSS feed.
Ning users can also connect with people and share content in the wider Huddle network and other networks where Huddle is available such as LinkedIn and Facebook. They also gain access to additional features including: audio and web conferencing, tasks, whiteboards, audit trails, version control and multi-lingual interface.
Huddle has already proven a popular collaboration tool amongst the UK and global organisations including P&G, Boots, Nokia and UNICEF as well as the government. It is also the first collaboration application accessible from two other major social networks: LinkedIn and Facebook.