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There are several occasions where I'd like to set up a page with "topic + discussion forum" for my corp but after hunting and playing with a variety of tools, I've yet to find the right, easy to use solution.

Some example usecases -

  • Competitor tracking -- I'd love to be able to set up a page for "Microsoft" or "IBM" and let sales/marketing/whomever casually upload content & discuss that topic
  • Customers -- set up a page for each major customer ("ACME", "XYZ Corp", etc.)
  • Trip Reports -- set up a page for a major conference ("CES", "GameDevelopersConf", etc.") and let people add their trip reports / meeting notes to that page
  • Technology -- a page for diff APIs, tech, etc. used within the company

Ideally, I'd love to be accumulate all this content within a searchable index and then, when we onboard a new employee, just let them surf through this repository for a while and get up to speed on history & context

Some of the products I've tried include

  • Google Sites -- provides too much freedom and seems to be overkill for this "conversation tracking"
  • Yammer (& others) -- more focused on a newsfeed than a growing collection of "context" around a given topic ; yes, you can search by hashtag but the content gets ugly fast
  • various corporate blogging tools -- provide a chronological order rather than focus on latest /greatest

...and a few more that I'm sure I'm forgetting

any product suggestions and/or ways to get this sort of functionality out of existing ones? I can't be the only person looking for something like this...

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closed as off topic by Al E., ChrisF Mar 29 '13 at 11:44

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Why don't you use Google groups for adding notes and maintaining those logs so that everyone/limited-people can view the history logs and archived info.

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If you are using Google Apps for Business, Google Groups for Business can be customized to meet your needs. –  Weehooey Mar 26 '13 at 11:32
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