Bye, Zoom: This smart new app is the future of online meetings (Fast Company)

Fast Company: Bye, Zoom: This smart new app is the future of online meetings. “Like most people these days, I participate in more than my share of online meetings. And aside from the occasional internal grumbling, I usually don’t give much thought to the way they work or what could make them more effective. But then I ran into a thoughtful new tool called Switchboard. It completely reimagines the way you interact and work with other people online.”

The Register: Google gives Gmail’s collab chops a good buffing to make it the ‘home for work’ while we’re working from home

The Register: Google gives Gmail’s collab chops a good buffing to make it the ‘home for work’ while we’re working from home . “Google is to shovel yet more bells and whistles into its Gmail client in an effort to demonstrate its collaborative chops in an increasingly crowded marketplace. Javier Soltero, who skipped away from the doomed Cortana business at Microsoft in 2018 and is now veep of G Suite, talked up the integrated workspace, which combines Gmail, Chat and Meet.”

Making Collaborative Data Projects Easier: Our New Tool, Collaborate, Is Here (ProPublica)

ProPublica: Making Collaborative Data Projects Easier: Our New Tool, Collaborate, Is Here. “Collaborations are a major part of ProPublica’s approach to journalism, and in the past few years we’ve run several large-scale collaborative projects, including Electionland and Documenting Hate. Along the way, we’ve created software to manage and share the large pools of data used by our hundreds of newsrooms partners. As part of a Google News Initiative grant this year, we’ve beefed up that software and made it open source so that anybody can use it.”

New Work: Setting up an Internal-Only Instagram Account for Your Teams (TechAcute)

TechAcute: New Work: Setting up an Internal-Only Instagram Account for Your Teams. “Instagram is incredibly successful and popular amongst all kind of demographics. It goes without saying that Instagram should be part of every organization’s social media portfolio for public communication and marketing, but what about internal comms? And what about clubs? NPOs? All the people out there that form teams and independent groups. This is not only interesting for companies.” What an interesting idea.

CBR: “Workplace by Facebook” Rolls Out Raft of New Features

CBR: “Workplace by Facebook” Rolls Out Raft of New Features. “Workplace by Facebook has had an upgrade, with a range of new features including the ability to find co-workers faster via a more sophisticated search function, greater control for workplace system admins, and enhanced personal fields. The new features, announced late last week, come as the company continues to promote the business collaboration app, which it launched in 2016 as a rival to established enterprise software from companies like Microsoft, and newer collaboration-based platforms like Slack.”

BetaNews: Google’s Slack alternative Hangouts Chat exits beta

BetaNews: Google’s Slack alternative Hangouts Chat exits beta. “Hangouts Chat competes directly with the likes of Slack and Microsoft Teams, allowing for easier workplace communication and collaboration. The service can be used on the web, and there are Windows, macOS, iOS and Android apps available. Google is emphasizing not only how it integrates with other Google products, but also support for bots.”