CubeTree is launching a new service today that makes documents into items that can support comments, adding a new dimension to how users can interact with spreadsheets, slides on a presentation and other content.
"Social documents," is what CubeTree calls the ability for users to comment on documents. The company, which is exhibiting at Enterprise 2.0, is one of the new players to the collaboration space.
CubeTree considers itself one of the new breed of players in the Enterprise 2.0 space that is defined by conversation more than content.
Like a number of the new players, CubeTree leverages activity streams.
The company focuses on three main components:
Profiles: Users create a profile that drills down to where the person sits in the office, who is in the next cube and other detailed information that gives a picture of their work day. It reflects their activity stream; where they have commented; wiki pages they are editing and other information such as pictures of whiteboards from meetings.
Groups: Formed when a user wants control over who has access to information. Groups may be public, private or extended to partners, customers and other parties outside the organization.
Feeds: Collection of activities about the things that interests the user. This may be the people, the groups or topics the user follows. These all appear in an activity stream where users may comment on what appears.
Here's a demonstration of the "social document" features that CubeTree is launching today: