Feeling adventurous? We’re building a team of PBwiki users to help us test out new features before they go live for everyone. We need about 100 testers who know their way around a wiki and aren’t afraid of the cutting edge.
If you’re interested in trying out new things ahead of time, don’t mind the occasional glitch, and are interested in giving us feedback, you can apply here. We can’t wait to hear from you.
PBwiki now supports footnotes. Whether you’re using PBwiki for research, collaborative writing, or organization, there are always lots of little details that you need to keep track of — places where sticking little snippets of text and references would be handy. Here’s a quick sample:
To insert a footnote: Click Insert Plugin >> PBwiki Magic >> Footnote. Insert as many footnotes as you need.
This feature works for PBwiki 1.0 and 2.0. Please let us know what you think! Feedback is always welcome.
InformationWeek just came out with a great article on the impact of Web 2.0 collaboration tools like PBwiki on the role of IT. Web 2.0 and Software-as-a-Service represent a major paradigm shift for IT managers, but as InformationWeek puts it:
“You can ignore Web 2.0 tools, or try to shoo users away. If you take one of these approaches, let us know how it works out for you. A better approach is to embrace new collaboration methods, whether through an in-house deployment, a software-as-a-service option, or both.”
Longtime customer and FOP (friend-of-PBwiki) Doug Cornelius also had some nice quotes about PBwiki versus SharePoint:
“It’s a classic story of enterprise 2.0,” says Goodwin Procter’s Cornelius. “We’re up and running with PBwiki in 30 seconds, and SharePoint is taking a year.” Fact is, users will find ways to make their working lives more convenient–with or without the input of IT. This is particularly true when it comes to Web collaboration tools.
Music to our ears.
We just finished up another great webinar today, focused on using PBwiki for project management. We spent an hour going over how you can use PBwiki templates and folders to build your own project management system, and answered a whole bunch of questions from users.
To watch this and other recorded webinars, or to sign up for future webinars, be sure to visit our webinars page.
When PBwiki 2.0 launched, it included lots of great new features, but one thing stayed exactly the same: the notification emails you got when somebody changed a page on your wiki.
We fixed that today — here is a sneak preview of the new version of notifications.
The new notifications…
- Let you see all changes made to your wiki
- Have shorter change logs, and are easier to read
- Respect your notification settings
- Won’t be marked as spam!
To get a sneak preview of these new notifications, go to your wiki settings and check the box that says “Sneak preview new version of notifications”
Keep in mind that they’re not quite done yet, so if you have any problems, just turn off the sneak preview (and be sure to send us feedback). Enjoy!
Today we’re announcing an executive’s guide to the 7 must-have elements of every successful wiki initiative. It’s perfect for executives and project managers introducing collaboration solutions into the workplace.
This guide to seven proven wiki essentials distills best practices, lessons learned, and collective insights from PBwiki’s 30,000+ business customers—as well as industry experts—across various company sizes, geographies, and vertical markets.
Here’s a sample page for you to check out (click to enlarge):
Download the free white paper here.
As many of you have already noticed, PBwiki recently added support for OpenID. What does this mean for you? It means that you no longer need to remember yet another password to log into your PBwiki account.
To use OpenID with PBwiki, you’ll need to do the following:
- Get an OpenID.
You may already have an OpenID! For example, you can use your Yahoo! acccount as an OpenID. Here is a list of OpenID providers. myOpenID is a great place to make an OpenID if you don’t already have one.
- Log in to your PBwiki account using your password.
- Click on your Profile tab:
- Scroll down to the bottom of the Profile page.
- Enter your OpenID into the the field labeled “Your OpenID”, then click on “Save”
- Click on the OpenID logo on the login page. Or visit my.pbworks.com/openid to log in to PBwiki with your OpenID. Yay!
If you want to learn more about OpenID, openid.net/what is a great place to start.
Here at PBwiki we try to make adopting new technology as easy as possible (make a wiki as easily as peanut butter sandwich). That said, it can be intimidating to be the person at your company or school district to take on the status quo.
Maybe you’ve seen some of these excuses – what is the best excuse you’ve heard from your organization?
(Image from http://13c4.wordpress.com/2007/02/24/50-reasons-not-to-change/)
As y’all might have noticed from our Web site, PBwiki is now conducting regular webinars to help folks learn how they can use PBwiki to make their lives better: http://pbworks.com/content/webinars
The reaction to these webinars has been so positive, that now we’d like to expand them to include PBwiki users.
If you’d like to be featured in an upcoming PBwiki webinar, please leave a comment on this post.
If you’re an expert using PBwiki in your work, or if PBwiki has made a big difference in your life, we might want you to star in our next webinar. For example, one upcoming webinar will feature a leading professional organizer, who will talk about how you can use PBwiki to organize your life.
This is especially perfect for professionals who would like a way to reach PBwiki’s loyal user base of millions.
So if you think you have what it takes to co-host a PBwiki webinar, leave a comment, or email me, Chris Yeh, at chris dot yeh at pbwiki dot com.
I’ll be looking forward to seeing your name in lights.
P.S. As I mentioned in my last webinar on templates, if you have a template that you’ve created that you think really kicks ass, let me know. We might just add it PBwiki (named after you, of course!).
P.P.S. If you’d like to be featured in a webinar and reach millions of PBwiki users — and PBwiki has made a big difference in your life — please leave a comment on this post.