Yesterday I stumbled upon a new collaboration tool called HALL. It started because I was followed on twitter by @bretthellman Founder and CEO of the company. As usual I checked out his profile, made sure it wasn’t some russian spam bot and then clicked the link in his profile. It took me only a few seconds to join the NFL and Startup Hall’s. Basically these are groups or subject matters that you can join and engage in collaborative real time chats, document authoring, polls and rank topics of interest in the group.
So next I did what any curious social business aficionado would do, I created a Hall. At first I was all alone in the Hall, but then I started trolling for tweeps on twitter. Pretty soon I had a few friends including the collaboration jockeys over at Hall HQ. I created a poll asking what is the hottest new ECM company and I started to get some feedback. The most interesting thing about the tool is the ability to create and collaborate using the chat stream, real time document authoring like GoogleDocs. Although not as feature rich as Google it has a very clean interface and is more like a notepad than a word processing APP. Adding new Polls, Ranking or Notepads is a snap and you can really see how the site can continue to evolve into a very usable collaboration tool. The site is sleek and easy to navigate, I have found no glitches so far. During the discussions on the chat stream it was apparent that the developers were actively engaged in soliciting feedback from the group about what could be added to improve an already capable site. It is amazing actually to think how much ‘in stream’ intelligence you could gather using Hall.
At the prompting of Sanjay Kotagiri I created a notepad and invited peers in the #ECM community to add their thoughts about a File Storage / Sharing APP to the site. You can check out what we have come up with so far and join the Hall too add your two cents by following this link. This is a company and a product to watch, you can check out a TechCrunch article by following this link.
Shortly after joining the Hall I had the pleasure of meeting Brett at the Starbucks across from the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. during a break from the 2011 UP Cloud conference. We talked about creative ways to use the Hall and continue to collaborate frequently using the site.