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Unit 2.3 Collaborative development Tools

pbwiki The URL of the Wikispaces site is

In 2005, most wiki software was overly complex to set up and manage, requiring an extensive knowledge of Linux, and their own server. In 2005, David Weekly came up with the idea of providing easy-to-use privately hosted wikis through a website - which he named "PeanutButterWiki", a short name of this is called as pbwiki. The freeware version of pbwiki was released by pbworks company in May 2005. In 2009 onwards few more features are added into pbwiki tool and become commercial application software.

Now the provides the work spaces for collaborative learning environments for Students, Teacher and Parents. Wiki supporting multimedia plugins, tagging, access controls, etc. Users can create free basic wiki workspaces, or upgrade to a premium plan to access additional features. Workspaces can be public or private (only viewable by those who have been invited to join the workspace).

Reference:, pbwiki PowerPoint slides.

Video Reference: , pbwiki Tutorial., pbwiki getting started.

GoogleWiki: Google Search (or Google Web Search) is a web search engine owned by Google Inc. Google Search is the most-used search engine on the World Wide Web, receiving several hundred million queries each day through its various services.

Adds a Google Custom Search Engine to your wiki, using a specific page that you specify to display the search results. Also enables you to replace the standard MediaWiki search box with a Google search box.

What is google wiki search? It's the new service of Google that let's you adapt the Search Engine Response Pages (SERP) to what you like.

What does it mean? It means you can change the ranking of the websites in google according to your wishes. For exemple, you type in "bar", but you don't like the first answer of google, but you like very much the 7th one (which is a very cool bar), so you can delete the first one, and put the 7th on top of the google results!

How google wiki search is going to change your search engine optimization? Think as a search engine (as always). What if 1000 people change this 7th answer to put it first, you would probably consider that "yes", maybe this 7th website should be first. and you would change the natural response for every one. Well, i think it's exactly what google is starting doing. They found a way to make people improve their search engine and work for them... for free!

Back to the Content is King: It's gonna give more power to your content. You probably, like me, fall sometimes on websites that do not respond to your query, but that are first because they optimize the web page to be first. well, now you can delete them, and google will know it. If you don't want your website to be deleted... well, better provide the right information to the right query then.

Video Reference:, Google & Wikipedia vs. ProQuest Research Tools

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