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From its launch in 2003, LinkedIn has unquestionably become one of the premier social networks for working professionals. Jamrooms is a relatively-new service which attempts to expand LinkedIn’s functionality by offering users a collaboration space. Founded in 2010 by Ukraine-based entrepreneur Mike Ross, (also known as Mikhail Rostovtsev), Jamrooms announced that the service is now in open beta and users can sign up for the free trial. Key features for this service include the ability to automatically embed images, videos, maps, and PowerPoint presentations, Dropbox integration, support for wiki-formatting, and to-do list functionality. Mobile apps for iOS is available, and Android and Windows apps are on the way.
Hardly a surprise, Google offers its own free collaboration service in Drive (formerly known as Google Docs). Indeed, there are quite a few different collaboration services out there not to mention Asana, but Jamrooms emphasizes an automatic conversion of a video, map or image link into the actual media, and seems to be the first geared specifically towards integration of accounts on LinkedIn. Compared to say, Asana, Jamrooms might work for small, ad-hoc projects where teams can share media and assign simple tasks – perhaps small website creation (although there tools out there for that).
Maybe due to the pivot (originally Jamrooms was intended as a private groups alternative to Facebook to share “Hangover”-type experiences), Jamrooms appears to be a solution in a search of a unique problem. A key element of collaboration is missing: that is an ability for the users to have a single view of their tasks, and prioritize them based on deadlines. Also, an important feature, shared news stream for all participants of the room is not there.
Perhaps the results of the open beta will be an introduction of these important features into the service.
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