Document Habits Poll

2 10 2007

Let’s say you are drafting some ideas for a project or a meeting plan and need to communicate it with colleagues to get feedback. To share do you:

  1. Write it out as an email text, not pretty but send it out
  2. Write it as a Word document, better formatting, and send as email attachment
  3. Create it in Google Docs or other web based writer package and invite others to collaborate
  4. Create a wiki and send people a link
  5. Write it as a blog post and ask for comments
  6. I don’t collaborate



8 responses

2 10 2007
Sean FitzGerald

Wikis all the way.

3 10 2007
Britt Watwood

This would be interesting to see conducted as an actual poll. I suspect it would correlate along computer literacy skills. For myself, five years ago it would have been email or Word attachments, these days I would lean towards a wiki.

3 10 2007


That was my intent. The tool I first looked at actualy had some nasties inside of it!

I rushed this. and to be honest, most people who respond here are the type that are going to opt for the more web oriented approaches. Not very sound polling strategy, I admit!

4 10 2007
Viv Evans

Hi Alan,

Well I do a mix of 1 – 4 depending on their level of online participation. I really love Google Docs but it is firewalled in a number of organisations I work with (CRAZY and trying to rectify).

Preference – Google docs, email, word doc, wikispaces
Reality – email, googledocs, wikispaces, word doc

Tried many a time but just not getting the feel for blogs 🙂
Cheers Viv

4 10 2007

Thanks Vivi! I am scratching my head from afar, and maybe hope I can better understand why there are so many walls, so many firewalls. It seems like more energy and time is spent in maintaining the walls than in supporting what happens behind them. I thought the future trends were The World is Flat, not The World is a Bunch of Disconnected Isolated Boxes. Flat = Open.

I might be wrong on that, but having worked all my career in places lacking restrictions to networked information, I struggle to understand the gains and losses. I am sure someone will clarify it 😉

8 10 2007
Viv Evans

Hi Alan,

Many scratch there heads and jump up and down in frustration re the firewalls…. I too struggle with the understanding.

My philosophy is that we are better to introduce students to the real WWW and discuss issues as they arise rather than educating them in a false online world behind firewalls without ads, popups, and a host of cool web 2 resources etc. Looking forward to catching up with you next week in Sydney.

Cheers Viv

13 10 2007

I tend to use email and/or Google Docs. Email if it is one person I’m working with Google Docs for two or more people.


15 10 2007

IMHO, Google Docs is a nice mix between Wiki, Office online and HTML editor.
Its a great tool!

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