Techcrunch reported today that Google, which purchased wiki site Jotspot a year and a half ago, has finally released their version of the tool, called Google Sites. The site is part of the Google Apps collection. Google Sites requires a school or work email address to join, and new members are screened using the email domain of the creator, allowing for the easy creation of a “walled garden” type of wiki.
I created a site easily and found the general controls familiar, reminding me quite a bit of Wikispaces.
The site offers 20 different design templates (compared with 4 for Wikispaces). There are 5 page templates, as well, including one which specifically is designed to easily insert other Google Apps, such as Google Video, Youtube, Picasa albums, or a calendar, and another for file uploads. The free version of the site allows for quite a bit of uploading, too–10 gigs, to be exact. Privacy settings range from private to public view-only to completely open.
Google Sites looks like a good tool, and will provide another option for the growing wiki crowd. While it doesn’t stand out in any extraordinary way, its association with Google and the easy interaction with the dozens of other great Google applications certainly make it something worth checking out.