Instant Communities: List of companies that provide Web Collaboration Suites or Platforms

Need to build an online community that collaborates?

I get asked by a lot of folks to provide recommendations for products, often there’s too many companies to keep analyze, so I make these lists and refer folks to them. One of my most popular index lists is the list of companies that provide White Label Social Networking solutions, in fact there’s over 60 in that space.

Here’s a list of companies that provide collaboration platforms with turn-key social features for ‘instant’ community.

  • Collaboration tools and social features
  • Common features, but are not limited to, include: forums, wikis, blogs, media, rss, aggregation homepages, presence, instant messaging, and ability to connect to identity systems such as LDAP/Active Directory.
  • These tools may have social networking features, that’s optional, but should certainly scale to it.
  • These platforms can be used in intranets, extranets, or public communities.
  • Limitations: I am NOT seeking platforms which you could build these features on top of it, I’m really seeking a ready-to-go community suite. I’m seeking solutions to build community, not ERP systems (but if they have both, that could be included). See my list of web-based CRMs.

    List of companies that provide collaboration platforms

    “Alfresco is the leading open source alternative for enterprise content management. The open source model allows Alfresco to use best-of-breed open source technologies and contributions from the open source community to get higher quality software produced more quickly at much lower cost. Our goal is to not only provide an open source offering but to surpass commercial offerings in terms of features, functionality and benefits to the user community. Alfresco is built by a team of leading members from Documentum® and Interwoven® with 15 years experience in Enterprise Content Management (ECM), including the co-founder of Documentum. ”

    “Blogtronix is a social media platform for Enterprise 2.0 communication. We provide a single, unified system that includes blogs, wikis, and social networking. Unlike other companies, we are able to offer a product that’s easy to use, scalable and can be delivered either on-demand or as a software. We’re equipped with a rich feature set that includes vlogging, podcasting, flash as well as a fully customizable interface. Our applications range from corporate in-house collaboration to global user created networks. ”

    Central Desktop
    “Central Desktop provides simple project collaboration tools for business teams.
    Our tools help your business organize and share information efficiently, communicate with others and collaborate on projects.”

    CommunityZero by Ramius
    “CommunityZero’s many features simplify community management and support group communication by making it easy for users to share information and knowledge online. Read on to learn more about these features.”

    “ is the official website of Drupal, an open source content management platform. Equipped with a powerful blend of features, Drupal supports a variety of websites ranging from personal weblogs to large community-driven websites.”

    “iUpload enables Internet-based business communities for the purpose of improving communications, enhancing customer relationships, driving sales opportunities and gathering marketing data.”

    “We develop award-winning collaboration software that improves a company’s productivity through open collaboration among employees, partners and customers. We’re located in downtown Portland, Oregon.”

    Lotus Connections, IBM
    “IBM Lotus® Connections is social software for business that empowers you to be more innovative and helps you execute more quickly by using dynamic networks of coworkers, partners and customers.”

    “A leader in social media software solutions , Pluck helps transform how publishers, media sites and major brands engage their audiences and customers to discover, create and distribute information online. Providing the technologies for content generation, syndication, social networking and news personalization, Pluck helps its customers more easily consume and leverage the new open content model that has emerged as the cornerstone of Web 2.0.”

    Sharepoint, Microsoft
    “SharePoint Products and Technologies provide enterprise-scale capabilities to meet business-critical needs like managing content and business processes, simplifying how people find and share information across boundaries, and enabling better informed decisions. Using the combined collaboration features of Windows SharePoint Services and Office SharePoint Server 2007, plus the design and customization capabilities of Office SharePoint Designer 2007, organizations can enable their users to create, manage, and easily build their own SharePoint sites, and enable these sites to be discovered throughout the organization.”

    Social Networking with Enterprise 2.0 Collaboration As the Enterprise 2.0 leader, Socialtext applies Web 2.0 technologies to the critical challenges facing businesses.

    ThoughtFarmer (For Intranets)
    “Capture intellectual capital and strengthen workplace community with ThoughtFarmer social software for enterprise intranets. ThoughtFarmer combines the best of wikis, blogs, and social networking into an attractive, easy-to-use intranet solution for Windows server environments.”

    Traction Software
    “Founded in 1996, Traction® Software, Inc. (formerly Twisted Systems, Inc.) set out to eliminate the frustrating and costly inefficiencies in team communications and information management by creating a revolutionary web-based end-user hypertext journaling system. Traction TeamPage was first released in 1999 and, after commerical launch in July 2002, is the industry’s first and leading Enterprise Blog software. The software is deployed in leading enterprises, universities and many branches of the U.S. Government.”

    “Zoho is one of the brands from AdventNet, a software company started in 1996 focusing on building affordable software for businesses. AdventNet has served a diverse range of enterprise IT, networking and telecom customers. We know our customers have a choice of many vendors, and we want to earn their business and their trust by working hard for it. And having earned their business, we want to keep them happy so they will choose to do business with us again. These simple ideas have served us well, during good times and bad. AdventNet has achieved impressive growth, and has emerged as a rock-solid supplier and partner, with sound financials.”

    Sosius is an online workspace, accessible from any PC, that lets you create and collaborate. No software to buy and set up. Powerful and flexible yet easy to use.

    Project Spaces
    “Simple, secure and powerful web-based workspace to help your project teams, workgroups, committees, partners, and others quickly and easily connect, share and collaborate.”

    Six Groups
    “six groups enables you to start your own community for free, about every topic, available to everyone: Start immediately with a fully-enabled community, Define the data fields for your members’ profiles, Choose your design from a large variety of templates, Benefit from the six groups community.”

    Web Crossing
    “Web Crossing helps companies strengthen brands and build relationships. We are the innovative leader in Internet collaboration solutions used by online communities and project teams.”


    “Create your own secure collaboration communities branded & customized for your company, school or organization.”

    There’s a bunch of companies that provide document management or email type systems, this isn’t that. If you know of other companies that should be on this list, please leave a comment.

    Check out my other industry indexes for the modern and evolving web.

    • Don’t forget out own company, Nuxeo, which provides an ECM platform that is standards-based, extensible and open source.

      More technical info here:


      S. Fermigier, CEO, Nuxeo –

    • Hi Jeremiah,

      Have a look to these ones:

      Krawler (
      SuiteTwo (
      Lotus Connections (

      I’m planning to post about them plus Sharepoint and Blogtronix. Cheers.

    • Hi again,

      Krawler’s link is wrong. Check this one:,Platform,Content.html


    • Foldera?

    • Jon Husband

      I may have misinterpreted your question (please let me know) so ….

      Cogenz ?

      Connectbeam ?

      ThoughtFarmer ?

      Community Zero ?

      Lotus (already mentioned above) ?

      Drupal ?

    • I need to look closer at this, I’m worried that drawing the lines of this market are going to be difficult

    • Based on my interpretation of the criteria, the big players you missed were iUpload and Traction Software

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    • Hi Jeremiah. I have been using Central Desktop for a few weeks and love it. I used to use Sharepoint. I found it was user-unfriendly and caused IE to crash often. Central Desktop has a lot of useful features for workgroups and it’s fast and easy to use.

    • By the way, someone recommended Zoho. It seems pretty robust and is compartmentalized in case you only need a few options. It covers everything from CRM to projects to Wiki.

    • Stefane Fermigier

      I checked out your site, very cool. I don’t see the ‘social media’ features that I suggested were requirements right up front on the website.

      I’m really seeking ‘plug and play’ communities, rather than frameworks. Can you let me know more?

    • Rafa

      Great submissions, thank you

      1) I checked out Krawler,Platform,Content.html
      This is an ERP system, not quite what I’m looking for. I already have a list of those types running (click on the industry index category)

      2) I checked out
      There’s an error on the page! Whoops.

      3) Lotus connections! Good one.

    • Foldera looks great, but it doesn’t have some of the features I’m seeking such as forums, blogs, etc. Thanks!

    • Jon Husband

      Thanks is a social bookmarking service, good feature, but not quite what i was looking at (I updated the post FYI)

      I’m famliar with connectbeam, it’s growing into this category quickly.

      ThoughtFarmer is great, it made the list, it meets the requirements

      Community Zero
      Jeez… the marketing folks are clearly in control of this site, as I can’t find the freaking feature set. While I certainly appreciate the benefits, it wasn’t easy to find feature list, screen shots, etc. I gave up looking.

      Drupal – YES
      I should have put this up earlier.

    • Jeff Treem

      IUpload yes.

      Traction yes

    • Central and Zoho Added

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    • Hi Jeremiah,

      One more to add (please!): Atlassian Confluence, enterprise wiki

    • Hi Jeremiah,

      You can access a list of CommunityZero features on this page:

      You’re right – we don’t have screenshots of CommunityZero up on our site – we are in the process of changing that.


      Director of Marketing

    • Melany

      Thanks, I added it.

      I glance at hundreds of websites a week, it’s important to make it as easy as possible for users to see what the website does.

    • Please put at least the 5 most important features on this page:

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    • Hi Jeremiah,
      Long time reader but this is my first time commenting. Leverage Software should definitely be added to your list.

      In addition to the features you mention above (blogs, chat…) we have a PeopleMap feature that allows individuals to search for people with similar interests and profile characteristics. For a list of features, visit

    • Anna

      I’m familiar with Leverage, an have it on my social networking white label list. I’m worried that I’ll end up replicating one list on another.

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    • This is what you need: Look at the videos

    • Hi Jeremiah,
      Take a look on this one:

      I think it meets the features you listed above.


    • Hi Jeremiah,

      Thanks for talking with us Sosius at the Office 2.0 conference. Having just launched our free service today, we are really excited to propel our Business Social Networking solution to the world.

      We really aim to be the complete solution to organize and share your 24/7 digital life.

      Please remember to take the time to create your free Sosius account at

      Andrew CW,

    • Andrew

      I’ve added you to the list, great job on the launch, good luck!

    • Try ProjectSpaces, a simple, secure and powerful web-based workspace to help your project teams, workgroups, committees, partners, and others quickly and easily connect, share and collaborate.

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    • Jan is a new German project where you can build your own communitiy instantly.
      Not all functions are implemented yet, but we work on it 😉

      Jan, six groups

    • You should also have a look at Plone (, an open source content management system with lots of add-on products.

      For identity management you can use the LDAP plugin which add LDAP-support transparently (you will have users, groups, roles and permissions in the standard configuration anyway).

      OpenID support ships with it already (just needs to be switched on).

      Directly builtin is also aggregation support (every folder has it’s RSS feed attached and you can also create Smart Folders which queries the site for criterias you give it and you have an RSS feed attached to it, too). You can also import RSS feeds eiter by using the RSS portlet or by using add-on products which offer additional functionality.

      There are a lot of add-on products such as Quills for Blogging, PloneBoard for forum functionality. There are additional packages for hosting or linking to podcasts or videos.

      Of course it also has lots of CMS functionality builtin, such as versioning, flexible workflows, locking support, link integrity checking, an AJAX-interface for editing pages (just click any element on the page and edit it in-place) and much more. There is even native support for FTP and WebDAV.

      As for collaboration you can either use the builtin local role functionality in which you can give different permissions/roles to groups/users for a subtree of your site or you can use more advanced add-on products for managing workgroups/teams.

      The whole product is open source and has a very active community around it.



    • Hi Jeremiah,

      Sorry for the plug, but Vignette also provides community and collaboration solutions. We include community management, blogging, forums, presence detection, search and the ability to leverage an identity management system out of the box.

      This quarter we will also be adding ratings, reviews, tagging and comments to the feature set.


    • dirk

      I’m very familiar with the CMS industry, and was purposely trying to keep it separate. I’d love to learn more, shall we do a briefing?

    • Jeremiah,

      WebCrossing has been in the collaboration space for many years and is a market leader in providing software and services to organizations. Scaling to meet growth,member authentication, and language localization are second nature to our company. Our newest product, WebCrossing Neighbors is one of a handful or truly white-labeled social networking products where customers can choose from a myriad of features available to customize a site to their liking. Their own applications can be directly integrated into their platform to meet the specific needs of the member base.

    • nmw


      could you expound on this a little?

      “These platforms can be used in intranets, extranets, or public communities”

      Any or all of the above? Where does the “UGC” reside? Is this data capture or “open”?

      It surprises me that such issues are not given more focus — given that they seem to be quite the buzzwords of the day….

      😉 nmw

    • NMW

      They can be used for any of those three domains. Although I find that collaboration suites generally reside within intranets. (I’ve a long history with intranets)

      Yes, the users help to create the content, share an mix with each other.

      What do you mean is the data capture or “open”?

      What buzz words did I use? Don’t assume words are ‘buzz words’ just because they are new. Sometimes there’s nothing else to describe them. 🙂

    • Hi Jeremiah,
      Great overview of competitors although I believe only few are truly specialized in corporate social networks. You may want to check my site and demo network at and demo alumni network at I am curious to find out the criteria for your list of collaboration tools – and whether your ambition is to list CSN software as well.
      Greetings, Thijs
      Partner at KREM Corporate Social Networking

    • Jeremiah,

      I know where you’re going with this. Our company Cognisync has pre-packaged a Drupal-based configuration that provides an “out-of-the-box” developer network.

      See for an overview of our “Technology Community Platform”.

      Andrew Kelly

    • Hi Jeremiah,

      I see where you are going with this, you’re looking for a truly “out-of-the-box” community solution.

      We’ve built such a solution for technology communities, see a description here .

      Andrew Kelly
      CEO Cognisync, Inc.

    • D. Ullman

      We use YouFig ( It supports all of the privacy and administrative features our company needs and gives you a huge range of applications to work with in real-time (documents, spreadsheets, calendars, videos, file sharing, unlimited storage, unlimited users, unlimited workspaces)… it’s superbly designed, very easy to understand, our employees and customers love it, and it’s free.

    • Mark

      Hey Jeremiah

      Couple things…
      1) I would think this list is dynamic. Has there been an update?
      2) In the future can it also be published as a spreadsheet, csv, etc? That would save the rest of us time compiling the list and leave more time for evaluation.
      3) Anyone interested in creating a wiki for the ongoing discussion of this topic/space? Maybe there is one already?
      4) That said, what about something along the lines of Seeinng that there is such a wide range of products/services (and pricing), as well as a wide range of needs it really doesn’t make sense to have a scope that’s too tight. Let’s collect and share our stories so that others don’t need to reinvent the wheel, no?

    • Mark

      Understood, I see you’re hungry for this topic. Feel free to make it an online spreadsheet and I’ll link to it.

      Leave comments to other online discussions as well.

    • Antony

      We’ve been using and liked it.

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    • Webex provides collaboration tools also. They have a whiteboard,screen sharing, always on meeting room, app sharing. Many of the features you discuss in this blog. Worth checking out for the price, plus it has a free trial.

    • The hidden pearl is WordFrame!

      WordFrame: Better Web Communities and Social Media Collaboration
      WordFrame is at the forefront of a new breed of business communication and social networking tools
      that include blogs, wikis, people profiles, professional connections, the use of RSS feeds, group messaging
      and document management which are now known, collectively, as Enterprise 2.0. We provide a single,
      secure social media platform that combines all of these technologies in to a web publishing and collaboration environment
      that is designed to help you build better web communities.

    • Here’s another one…

      EQmentor is a privately-held professional services company based in Charlotte, North Carolina that utilizes a unique and innovative approach to increasing the emotional intelligence (EQ) of working professionals through a subscription-based online mentoring process and a community for professional collaboration. The community features chats, wikis, ideagoras, and discussion boards for personal and professional development.