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Google Acquires JotSpot

Update 2006-11-01: See public statement of the TWiki community in regards to the acquisition.

Update 2006-11-03: Michael Daum, one of the most active TWiki contributors put together a bit of css to style his TWiki site JotSpottish. Brilliant!

Google and JotSpot announced today that JotSpot is joining the Google team. This is a good move for CEO Joe Kraus and CTO Graham Spencer, congrats to both of you and your team!

I believe this is good news for the open source TWiki project because:

  1. It further boosts the awarness of wikis in the general public; and with this will bring more recognition to TWikis running at the workplace.
  2. With JotSpot moving to hosted only solution and staying away from software packages and appliances, other enterprise level wikis will get more traffic, such as TWiki, Socialtext and Confluence. I have not seen many large companies that entrust their mission critical wiki data to be hosted by a third party.

Ross Mayfield, CEO of Socialtext offers the following to JotSpot customers:

Socialtext, the first wiki company, announced today a free hosted wiki program for JotSpot customers following that company's acquisition by Google. Socialtext will migrate JotSpot wiki content and provide one year of Socialtext Professional hosted wiki service to any JotSpot customer who signs up by the end of November 2006.

On behalf of the open source community I make this offer to JotSpot customers: You are invited to download a free copy of TWiki, install it behind firewall, and get started with an enterprise class wiki used by the majority of fortune 500 companies. TWiki gets downloaded over 10,000 times a month, and is the most widely used wiki behind corporate firewall.

Some trivia: Joe Kraus and Graham Spencer used TWiki as an intranet at Exite@Home, one of the first web search sites started in 1994. They went on and founded JotSpot in 2004, and took the idea of wikis as an application platform that TWiki pioneered already in 2001. Yes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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