Clinked is a new, cloud-based application for online project collaboration and file sharing. Developed by Rabbitsoft Ltd., the main attraction is the wiki-style collaboration features, a favorite among project teams.
Clinked has advantages for non-technical people who don't want to fuss with tool usage and it is usable in 10 languages.
The growing impact of social collaboration for business is becoming an integral component of day-to-day work activities, including online project based needs. Here are the key elements of how Clinked works.
Navigating Around Clinked – Dashboard, Group, and People Views
From the dashboard, a six-step Getting Started Guide is displayed to guide you quickly through the workflow flow in Clinked. The dashboard becomes the hub of all activity, including activities you're directly following.
Once you get started creating a group and inviting people, as shown below, the group view shows the tools you can use to create content. The people view is your address book to fill with members you're following, invited by group or an open network of contacts. But have a plan if you're intending to set up an online community network.
A review of how you can set up a group project is next.
Project Collaboration – Where to Begin
Account Settings. You can set notification frequency whether to receive email notifications or not for all activities in Clinked.
Start a Public or Private Group and Invite Members. Groups are the core organization tool that you associate with members and the activities of your group.
For every group (project) you create, you can check off the tools you want to use, including Pages, Files, Events, Tasks, Discussions and Members.
Private groups will limit access only to invited members to view and perform activities within the group. But, if it is a public group you are after, for example, you may want to use it for social collaboration among external colleagues, partners and clients.
Wiki-style Pages. You can set permissions when you create a page as to who can view/edit/delete the page. Wiki pages created in Clinked or in other tools can be easily created as a template or on its own for all sorts of plans, design documents, status reports, and assignments. You can create links to other pages, URLs, tasks, events, discussions and embed files that can be previewed.
It is desirable to have people contribute, so the application will display a message to alert you when another member is editing, or another version has been created.
Comments can be posted on every page and will be shown in the activity stream. Tagging pages helps to build search capability for keywords to associate with your project data. The Attachments function allows you to attach documents from your computer or Google Docs for others to download.
As members are enabled to make changes to pages, Clinked’s version control provides capability to compare two versions at a time to see changes, including what’s been added, removed, or modified; and you may restore a previous version.
Discussions. Using @mentions, the Twitter like microblogging function will include and notify people to join your group discussion visible from the group’s Home page. You can share and link to any information in Clinked you’ve created, including wiki pages, tasks, and events, external links and files.
Tasks. The tasks function includes writing up task assignments or link to any information in Clinked you’ve created, setting a task status, date and time, and assigning group members.
Group Events. Adding calendar due date and due time features enables you to set reminders for group or class meetings and events so then members can respond to your requests within the application.
Data is stored in Amazon EC2 web services. Group Export functionality enables you to download data anytime with one click.
Clinked offers integration with Google Apps, including Single Sign On authentication. Gmail, Docs, Contacts, and iCalendar can be accessed offering advantages of sharing data in Clinked.
A great way to try out Clinked is to take a look at the free package that includes setting up three private groups, inviting five members each, and creating unlimited public groups, with limited 2GB storage capacity.
The paid month-to-month subscription packages vary based on number of groups and more storage.