Build a collaborative online system for his college dorm floor.
December 15, 2010 10:19 AM Subscribe
Help me help my nephew build a collaborative online system for his college dorm floor.
posted by Quisp Lover to computers & internet (21 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Iit would only be available to those on the local wifi network (so make it an intranet?), it would prevent multiple log-ons from the same computer, and it would include both a no-holds-barred group chat function plus, separately, a way for any user to share the document, video, and/or music s/he is currently working on (i.e. "help me with my project"). It doesn't have to be collaborative (i.e. mutual ability to edit), but one should be able to feed docs, vid, or music into the system so they're visible for others....and all can discuss via a focused chat.
So there'd be 1. a noisy open chat line going in one part of the window/console, plus 2. a project view in another place (different people would offer different projects, but a user could only view one at a time), plus 3. a private chat among people discussing that project. And above it all, 4. easily updated "news ticker" scrolling announcements from my nephew, the admin (e.g. "Beer's Cold, Everybody!").
I think it's ridiculous to build this when people could just walk down the hall. But I am a creature from the 20th century, so I just don't understand.
Is this hard to build? Is there anything pre-existing which does this all? Are there any "modules" that could be easily tied together by a to create what he wants? Would it make sense to build this as an Intranet thing?
This is a community college, and the kids are non-geeks, so a powerful groupware app would not be feasible. We need something easy and intuitive.....much more Apple-ish than BaseCamp-ish. Geared to artsy kids, not a corporate environment. It should do pretty much just what functions I listed and not much more.