Today’s tool is one that is near and dear to my heart because it’s the brain child of a buddy of mine, and a start-up that is making BIG news in Central Florida!
Doccaster is an online community designed to make it easier to share documents like PDFs, Word documents, spreadsheets and more. It’s especially for events (notice that it’s the official document and discussion tool for the Central Florida Blogger and Social Media Conference, for which I am on the planning team?) and allows people within a 15-mile radius of an event to download, bookmark and discuss the documents.
It also means that events can be — ta da! — totally paperless and environmentally-friendly. For BlogCon, we’re planning on using Doccaster in several ways:
- the official conference guide (available now)
- speaker handouts before, during and after the conference
- discussions and comments about the conference and individual presentations
What else could Doccaster be used for? Storing and distributing your own local conference marketing and promotional material (downloadable fliers, online badges, photos). Storing and distributing your resume and media kit. Your menu, sales sheet, rates, etc. if you’re a local business. Meeting notes. Homework assignments (for teachers and professors). Class schedules.
Doccaster is in beta and definitely has some competition from other collaboration tools like Google, Dropbox, Evernote, etc. But it’s the only one I know of that is specifically designed for geo-targeted, online document sharing and discussion.