Tadagraph Wants You to Collaborate Through Micoblogging

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Tadagraph is a new microblog-based web collaboration tool. Like Yammer and present.ly, the idea behind Tadagraph is that by posting Twitter-like status updates, you can keep your colleagues informed of what you’ve been up to, and keep abreast of what other folks are doing, too. Tadagraph goes a little further, though, in that it introduces a special hashtag syntax that can identify updates as to-do items, notes and more.

For example, if you wanted to create a “write requirements doc” to-do with a due date of tomorrow, you could craft an update like this:  “#todo #tomorrow write requirements doc [redesign]” (the “redesign” in square brackets indicates a topic). You can also attach multiple files to any update, and address other users using an @ symbol. Status updates assigned a date will be displayed on your calendar.

You can create separate project spaces for different projects and teams. It has real-time updating: any updates or edits made by coworkers will be instantly relayed to your browser.  It also even has a location-based “check-in” facility, so you can see where your coworkers are.

That all sounds pretty cool in theory, so I was quite looking forward to trying it out; I liked the idea of being able to quickly assign to-do items via the keyboard in a status update. I also liked the way you can attach files to any update, so that a to-do, note or even a reply to someone else’s update can have a relevant file associated with it. Unfortunately, the current implementation seems to be a bit buggy. During my test, I ran into a few errors, and some of the functionality didn’t work as I expected it to. Tagging an update as a to-do, for example, added the item to my calendar, but not to my to-do list. Additionally, there’s quite a lot of functionality packed into this app, some of which may not be all that relevant to many users, such as the location-based features, for example. Coupled with the new syntax, it makes it a little confusing to use, and the poorly-written site copy doesn’t make it any easier to understand.

Tadagraph is still in beta, so you’d expect to come across some issues like these, and I hope the developers iron out these problems before launch. The idea is quite promising, but I can’t recommend it just yet.

 

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