Sunday, February 12, 2012

Hojoki - everything is in a flow

Hojoki is an extraordinary web app from Germany, a collaboration tool that integrates cloud apps in a news stream.

How to use Hojoki

When you sign up, you can add several cloud services (I use Twitter, Dropbox, GoogleCalendar, GoogleReader and GoogleDocs) to your accout. If there are any changes, these are added in a Twitter-like way in an activity stream.

For collaboration purposes, you can create projects and add people, who are Hojoki users, to your project team. There are two possibilities to show your activities in the project stream. First, you can do it manually for every new item. Second this can be based on rules, e.g. everytime a document that is created/edited/deleted in your GoogleDocs-folder "Project X", this activity is shown in your "Project X" on Hojoki.

The design is simple and and clear. On the left side of your activity stream, there is a list of your projects, where you can create new and configure existing ones. On the right bar there are filters (like "bookmarks") and additional information (my favorite: "Recent Files & Folders").

How Hojoki uses Hojoki

The service is perfectly explained by the developers in their blog: "How Hojoki uses Hojoki" - part1, part2, part3 and part4.

How I use Hojoki

One of the most recent integrations is GoogleReader. All starred texts are listed in your activity stream. It goes without saying that the GoogleReader tags are imported to Hojoki. If you add own tags to the article before starring, these are used to. This allows you to share articles about certain topics with a specified group of persons (e.g. tag "family"). Hojoki has mentioned this in their blog: "Bring social sharing back to Google Reader". In my opinion, this could be extended to other services like Evernote or ReadItLater. The documents and texts I save here fulfill different requirements for me, but could be also interesting for a certain group of people.


  1. Hi Nils, Thanks for covering Hojoki! Btw: Evernote integration will be released this month :)