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JotSpot Relaunched As Google Sites 22

Posted by kdawson
from the jot-that-down dept.
Gaveen writes "The popular JotSpot, which was acquired by Google some time ago, is now officially part of the family. JotSpot is now integrated into Google Apps as Google Sites. InfoWorld has a writeup on the service."
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JotSpot Relaunched As Google Sites

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  • Wonderful! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Seraphim_72 (622457) on Thursday February 28, 2008 @02:30PM (#22591678)
    That's great that InfoWorld has a write up, but could you give me a friggin clue what JotSpot is or why I should give a damn?
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      RTFA. Apparently hiring standards at Google have slipped so far that they take people who think paying money for a wiki is a good idea. Just as well I passed on them last summer.
      • I've noticed that they don't actually make much on their own anymore. They seem to much prefer acquisitions at this point.
  • Not really (Score:3, Informative)

    by DerekLyons (302214) <(fairwater) (at) (gmail.com)> on Thursday February 28, 2008 @02:31PM (#22591686) Homepage
    It's not really integrated well with other Google applications, you have to have a separate domain and separate login (if you use an @gmail login) to use it.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Chris Pimlott (16212)

      It's not really integrated well with other Google applications, you have to have a separate domain and separate login (if you use an @gmail login) to use it.
      From what I can see, it is well integrated with Google Team Apps (which requires a separate domain name), just not normal Google Apps. Which, yes, does make it annoying for individual Google users to try it out.
      • Re:Not really (Score:5, Informative)

        by 404 Clue Not Found (763556) * on Thursday February 28, 2008 @06:02PM (#22594380)
        No, Sites available in regular Google Apps (is there even a separate "Team" Apps?). An administrator just has to login to manage the domain and use the "Add more services" link to enable it first.

        And as for integration with other Google applications, perhaps the GP misunderstood what Google Apps is? It's a Google product (poorly named, perhaps) for enterprises and organizations that allows them to use several Google services (Gmail, Docs, etc.) with their own domain name. Google Apps is not just a way to say "applications offered by Google".
    • Re:Not really (Score:4, Informative)

      by edn4 (1214790) on Thursday February 28, 2008 @02:46PM (#22591952)
      Google is just using the separate email address because it is a wiki-based site creator. It's mostly meant for networks like schools or businesses to create intranet sites. If they allowed @gmail.com for example, they would lose the "network" security.
  • I must be getting desperate, because I read that as "JobSpot" several times, and thought there was now a Google job-search site.

    -:sigma.SB

    • I didnt even notice it wasnt until you pointed it out. Goto the google page and at the bottom there are 'employee profiles' and business sites.
    • Re: (Score:1, Interesting)

      by stormeru (1027946)
      That's nothing... I read that as 'JobsPot' and imagined Steve rolling a blunt. Wait... why are you calling me a pothead?

      I think that Google is going to merge this with Orkut and Blogger sometimes in the future to boost their social networking business.
  • by Chyeld (713439) <chyeld@gm a i l . c om> on Thursday February 28, 2008 @04:39PM (#22593290)
    If you try to log into the site using a domain already setup under Google Apps for Domains, you'll receive an error indicating that you have to speak to your site Admin to get access.

    This can be a bit confusing, because intially if you log into the dashboard for your domain, Google Sites isn't automaticly added to your services and thus you might do as I did and thrash around a bit trying to figure out how to setup acccess.

    It's actually fairly easy, use the "Add Services" button on your Dashboard and Google Sites should be one of the options listed (I'm using the "Next Gen Dashboard, so if you are using the old gen version which doesn't list beta services it might not show). Add the service, and optionally point it to sites.yourdomain.com or leave it at the default google.com address.

    I'm waiting for the DNS to refresh for my own domain, but this looks like something that will be fun to play with.
  • JotSpot used Dojo but Sites doesn't... It looks like they are now using their own library specific to Google Sites (code doesn't look like GWT).

    Anyone know what they are using?

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