An unofficial blog that watches Google's attempts to move your operating system online since 2005. Not affiliated with Google.

Send your tips to gostips@gmail.com.

March 10, 2009

Google Noticeboard

Google Noticeboard is a new service from Google Labs India that intends to improve the way Indian communities share information online.
Google Noticeboard is an application that helps people access and share information over the Internet using public digital noticeboards. Using Google Noticeboard, communities can access a variety of relevant information. People can create text messages or record voice snippets and post them to one or more noticeboards. Typically each digital noticeboard carries publicly accessible messages. Compared to the notion of personal communication using email accounts, the Noticeboard metaphor allows user to engage in public communication with communities.

Communities with access to shared computers can use the Noticeboard for exchanging messages related to community announcements, social interactions, local buying and selling, and information that is of wider interest to the community. The Noticeboard may also be used for the community to engage in a dialog with benefactors, public servants, and other service providers who are geographically distant. For example, residents of an apartment complex can use the Noticeboard for posting announcements, or NGOs who own and operate computer centers in several villages can use the Noticeboard to enable village residents to communicate amongst themselves


Noticeboard uses a Firefox extension and requires to enable IMAP in Gmail to send messages. The service seems to be aimed at people that don't own computer and don't have an email address, but the interface is very basic and limiting. Google Noticeboard's user guide (PDF) has more information.

17 comments:

  1. broken link, anyone got a better one?

    ReplyDelete
  2. Noticeboard would be a good universal tool for charities or schools

    ReplyDelete
  3. ... or, to quote Google's CEO, this could be the "poor man's email".

    [Google for references.]

    ReplyDelete
  4. It doesn't seems to work here (basic "NOT FOUND" Google error)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Here's a screenshot from the homepage and a link to the extension.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Note that the Firefox extension doesn't work with Linux. (+still getting a 404 not found instead of Noticeboard)

    ReplyDelete
  7. I don't see any use for this but I might be wrong ... But it seems to be a useless application to me! Just a simple and fun replacement for your email with less possibilities ...

    ReplyDelete
  8. @duckness they said that also about Twitter :-)

    ReplyDelete
  9. why is it not for Chrome ?

    ReplyDelete
  10. broke my firefox. Even after uninstall and reinstall firefox wont work anymore. arggggggg

    ReplyDelete
  11. You add media extensions to google groups and you have a the same thing but better.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I get the feeling we don't understand it. I know for instance that I don't understand it- although I am very curious. I have been on the market for some sort of community noticeboard for my neighborhood and this looks intriguing but I don't know how to use it really. For one- there is mention about the administrator setting the thing up- how is that done? Let's say I want to administrate it.

    ReplyDelete
  13. This is the first product which scared me. thanks google.

    ReplyDelete
  14. tried to install after updating to firefox 3 but got error notice: not Firefox-Build-Typ (Darwin_x86-gcc3)compatible. any suggestion- I am keen to try it.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I think it is not "poor man's email", but "poor man's wiki". I blogged about it at http://www.punitpandey.com

    ReplyDelete
  16. Google noticaboard has serious problem with Firefox read more here
    http://friendsprob.blogspot.com/2009/08/google-noticeboard-1310.html

    ReplyDelete