Co-op gives users a better way to collaborate and stay in touch with coworkers without becoming a nuisance. Sometimes, questions need answers or one employee may need an update from another. Asking questions through other avenues can sometimes be a little disruptive. Co-Op lets users stay in touch and get the information they need from one another without interrupting each other. Users can post updates, share links, ask questions and track their time. Agendas can be shared and histories can be reviewed to see what has been accomplished and determine what needs to be accomplished. Through Co-Op, many companies can eliminate the need for daily or weekly status update meetings which take valuable time away from everyone’s day. Co-Op can improve productivity and streamline the communication process within an organization or business.Show more screenshots »
Co-op was launched in October of 2008 by Iridesco, LLC. The company is also responsible for Harvest, which was launched in March of 2006 and helps users with invoicing and time tracking tasks. Iridesco has also produced two publications, including their official web log Watercooler which is still frequently updated and Hear, Hear which provided information for small businesses.
Co-op does many of the same things that other applications can do. However it focuses on the idea of better communication. Using Co-Op, the need for frequent inquiries or status updates can be completely eliminated. Department heads and coworkers can check out a user’s Co-Op updates and see what they did yesterday, what they are doing now and what will be done next.
The Co-op website entices professional users with a stylish appearance and highly organized layout. Newcomers are greeted by a large blue header complete with a color screen shot and Co-Op highlights. The application lets users add avatar images to their profiles so it is easy to identify each new post and its author at a glance. Overall, Co-Op is very easy to use and makes the process of collaborating and gathering information from others much simpler.
A new user can register for a Co-op account by clicking on the light grey “Sign Up for Free” button found along the bottom, left hand corner of the homepage header. The next page contains a large blue registration form which asks for a first and last name, email address and password. After entering the information, the user can click the grey “Join the Co-op” button at the bottom of the form. The user is advised that a welcome email has been sent with a link that must be clicked to activate the account and use Co-Op.
New Co-op users can create an account for free. There are no subscription fees or other charges associated with using the application. Even after account creation, the user is given access to all features for free. This is a nice plus for users. Of course Co-Op is compatible with the company’s other application, Harvest. Harvest is not free and requires a separate account to access. After creating both the user can link them (with Co-Op remaining free).
Harvest users can really love Co-op. The application helps users stay in touch easily without intruding on one another’s daily tasks. The concept of doing away with the daily or weekly status meeting is also another big plus for Co-Op. Many users can find minutes or even hours put back into their daily productivity time just by removing the meeting.