Just when I was thinking social media had reached its peak with a focus on location, Facebook decides they want their own version of Google Docs for Facebook.. While it is not fully functional yet, I think it’s a brilliant move that takes the site to the next level and further distinguishes from other social media sites!
Facebook currently has a “Note” feature that allows you to write a long post discussing whatever you like—many of my friends write blog posts, epiphanies or poems. When I first read about this new feature in Read Write Web’s article, “Docs.com: Facebook and Microsoft Go After Google Docs,” I immediately thought about Google Wave. Here’s why:
Apparently, the new feature allows you to create new documents on Facebook and/or upload them to and from your desktop. You’re also given the option to share the documents privately or publically or to select groups of friends. The article states, “Docs.com’s Facebook integration will also allow your friends to discover these documents (if you choose to share them). You can also add a new tab to your profile page that shows all the documents you have shared with your friends.”
The main similarity to Google Wave is the collaboration feature which gives you the ability to give access to your friends to edit the documents. Why would this have more success than Google Wave; probably because it is an established site. You don’t have to wait for friends to get invites.
While the new doc feature is in beta format it is still a major move for social media and Facebook is definitely showing everyone why it is currently the number one social media site.
I’ve already signed up for the feature and I hope this takes off because it is sounds very useful and although this fits into the new trend of Cloud Storage, I still hate to have all my eggs in one account.