Welcome to The Weekly Web 2.0, a featurette I'm posting each week here on Govtech.com. I'm scouring the Web to bring you two interesting 2.0 tools that I hope you'll find worth checking out. Some finds may serve you professionally while others may be better for personal business. And a few will do both. This week I explore KonoLive and Fuelly.


With more government agencies experimenting with a mobile work force, facilitating employee collaboration can be challenging. There are a great number of benefits to having employees work remotely, but many still value the face time workers get in a traditional work environment. Fortunately every niche problem seems to have a niche solution in the world of Web 2.0.

The KonoLive site promises users the ability to easily manage their activities and collaborate on projects online and in real time. Though still in pre-beta, KonoLive is all about free and easy organization. Once you've downloaded the application, KonoLive users have access to tools that resemble Twitter on steroids. Twitter allows users to update others about what they're doing at any given moment. KonoLive takes the concept a step further by incorporating project management, file sharing, calendars and deadlines. For example, if you have a team working on a project from multiple locations, they can use KonoLive to: instantly update members on project status; exchange documents, video and audio files; send reminders; and review the work other team members have completed.

Regardless of a project's size or the user's location, KonoLive creates a central environment for everyone involved to meet and share ideas in real time. Whether the project spans the globe or involves just two people, KonoLive claims it can "help you get the job done quickly and efficiently."

Note: KonoLive is currently available only on Windows XP. Vista and Mac applications are in development.

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Chad Vander Veen  | 

Chad Vander Veen previously served as the editor of FutureStructure, and the associate editor of Government Technology and Public CIO magazines.