We first covered Hojoki when it launched at LeWeb back in December, serving as a Web app that pulls in content from a range of services, and displays them in a single, unified newsfeed, similar to FriendFeed. The emphasis with Hojoki, however, is cloud-based enterprise apps.
Hojoki supports 21 apps, including the likes of Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, Reader and Calendar, Github, Twitter, Highrise and more. It finally rolled out its mobile offering in April, alongside a new workspace feature which creates team rooms for collaboration.
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Today, Hojoki has announced a new social feature, as it looks to become “your gateway to the cloud”. Hojoki Discuss lets users participate in a discussion around work items from the source apps.
If you see an activity in your newsfeed that you wish to comment on, Hojoki delivers this via email, meaning anyone can respond without having an Hojoki account. By default, Hojoki suggests the person that performed the initial activity as the recipient of the comment – and it’s possible to involve all collaborators for some integrations. Though you will always be able to add/remove people manually from the recipients list.
Hojoki is a really neat productivity tool, and this latest feature should go some way towards making it a more social experience. “People contact us and say that, as with Facebook, they want to immediately comment on the activities by other people in their newsfeed,” says Hojoki CEO Martin Böhringer. “No configuration, no invitations, just a clean workflow. That’s what we’ve done now.”
Meanwhile, check out the Hojoki promo video below.