How to Collaborate With Others on Documents in Real Time

Occasionally, you will need to collaborate with others on a document.  When I say this, I don’t mean creating a file on your computer and then transferring it to someone else.  I mean actually editing the document together, in real time, over the Internet.  If you’ve ever heard of or used EtherPad, the website I’m about to show you is based on the source code of EtherPad.

Chris Pirillo, the Internet’s coolest geek, has teamed up with Jake Warner in an effort to “freeze EtherPad in time” to keep it alive.

The result lives over at  It’s a simple word processor that allows you to create and edit documents online in a collaborative fashion.  All you have to do is create a document and send the link to a friend via IM or email, and they’ll be able edit the document with you.  It can handle up to 15 people.

Welcome to!
This document text is synchronized as you type, so that everyone viewing this page sees the same text. This allows you to collaborate seamlessly on documents in your Web browser.
Go ahead – send the link to this page to a friend, colleague, or co-worker and watch the magic unfold!

An image I made to show the main features (click it for a larger view):

There is no registration required.  It’s very easy to use.  It syncs in real time.  Thanks, Chris, for another great web app.


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