Last September I blogged about Incite‘s new application Toolbox, and – courtesy of ReadWriteWeb – I have now come across a strikingly similar application with a strikingly similar name: Teambox, which describes itself as a Twitter-like project management tool.
When I reviewed Toolbox, I described it as “Twitter, but with file-sharing”, and Teambox seems to fit the same kind of niche, albeit without being specific to the requirements of professionals in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry.
Incite were aiming to provide Toolbox integration with Twitter, but Teambox appears ready to stand-alone (perhaps it might be integrated with enterprise Twitter-type applications such as Yammer? – see post), being offered both as a web-hosted system or as a solution that corporates can host on their own servers. Teambox is a free and open source project, but the local-hosting option is a paid-for feature, as is customer support and white-labelling.
Hopefully, the sniff of competition in this micro-blogging/micro-collaboration space will stimulate Incite to accelerate development of Toolbox.