Project management and social collaboration app Podio  recently announced some updates to its service, including real-time comments on documents, tasks and other items, as well as the ability to like comments and see who is viewing and following a particular page or document.
The ability to see who is viewing a page or document can be useful to business owners and employees collaborating on projects by giving them the ability to know who they can reach at that moment about their particular project, especially with the ability to update comments in real-time.
The photo below shows a comment stream, where team members can add new thoughts, tag other users, and see who is viewing and following that particular page.
Previously, users would need to refresh the page in order to see new comments and updates. So the real-time updates could help the platform become a little more interactive and could help users save time when checking for new interactions.
And while liking comments might just seem like a small social update without a lot of real practical purpose, it could potentially help users gauge interest in certain ideas or even just let other team members know that you’ve seen important updates.
The Podio app allows workers to organize their work into social activity streams rather than constantly switching back and forth between email and various documents in order to collaborate and update projects. Features of the platform include task management, meeting calendars, lead tracking, and more.
Other apps and services like Basecamp or Google Docs offer many of the same collaboration and project management functions to workers. But the Podio offering, especially with the latest updates, does give businesses a functional and fairly inexpensive option for collaboration and project management.
The service is free for up to five employees, and then $9 per user per month for organizations with more employees. Podio also offers iPhone, iPad, and Android apps so users can collaborate from their mobile devices.
Podio was acquired by Citrix in 2012. The platform first launched out of beta in 2011 and now has more than 200,000 organizations signed up.