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Why use collaboration 2.0 tools?

2011 July 26
by doyin25

Creativity is a driving force behind collaboration. Collaboration is not necessarily an effort to create a new product, improve on an existing one, or develop a process or an event, but it is the creation of a shared understanding among collaborators. With tools like e-mail, fax, telephone, collaboration has moved away from F2F interaction to a more sophisticated one. These tools used alone or with another do not make such collaboration, 2.0.

Collaboration 2.0 tools allow interaction among members with the ability to create content, update/Edit content, comment on content, have discussions, keep a history of activities, and operate directly in a cloud system. At the setup stage of a collaboration 2.0 activity, emailing or other communication means including F2F interaction may be used, basically to notify members of the activity. Once every member in the group is on board, a good Collaboration 2.0 tool can be used throughout the activity without using emails or F2F interactions. David Coleman wrote how a CEO of a software company mistakenly sent a confidential information to him by email instead of another “David”. The CEO later called to correct the situation, but time (which is money) had already been lost by the time the information was sent to the intended David. This is a classical example of the advantages of using collaboration 2.0 tools.

One factor I think makes collaborators to switch between email/phone, and collaboration 2.0 tools is lack of commitment in the part of the collaborators. With my experience in collaborative class projects, I found out that collaborators are more committed in the collaboration 1.0 case than in the 2.0. This is not a problem with the collaboration 2.0 tools but with the collaborators.

Collaboration 2.0 tools allow both synchronous and asynchronous collaborations. I think this is of great benefit over the F2F collaboration.

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  1. Greg Ferguson permalink
    July 28, 2011

    I have found that collaboration, regardless of the tools used, regardless of whether we call the technology 1.0 or 2.0, depends on the collaborators, as you have said. Everyone involved must have a strong committment to the process and be dedicated to quick and useful interactions. Time is definitely at a premium with any collaboration exercise. When we are acting on our own, we can control the process, but with other people, there’s a lot more time spent messing with the tools and the collaboration forums. But, on the positive side, the result of the collaboration always has more variety when different viewpoints are incorporated. Some people have more of a philosophical take on things, some people are more technical, and some people have more of a practical “real-world” perspective. When all of these aspects come together, the result is a more rich product.

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