A little while back, I met the guys from Evadoc, a Paris-based “Youtube for documents”. We talked for an hour about their activity, and at the end, I went on to give a few recommendations about how I thought it could differentiate its service from Websites such as Scribd.
One of those recommendations for Evadoc was to leverage Google Docs’ enormous bank of documents by enabling their users to create shareable docs seamlessly through Google Docs’ API.
Today, I uploaded a document on Scribd, and noticed the following:
Scribd now enables its users to create shareable documents directly by hooking to the Google Docs API. I think this is pretty awesome, mostly when you consider that it is awfully easy to download all of your desktop docs to Google Docs in the first place. This is a huge opportunity for companies that have lots of PDFs and docs in their private servers, and still don’t have a clue how to be more transparent online: Publishing some official company’s docs is one option.
The other option I liked was the plain text option: Just enter your text, and Scribd will create a shareable widget with your text in it. That is a tool that gets my SEO senses all excited.
This is kind of old news but still super interesting, Scribd has integrated Clickpass in their service. Thanks to this novelty, anyone can use Scribd with their OpenID. It doesn’t come as a big surprise that those two YC startups partnered up. However, Scribd is heading to become a mainstream document sharing platform (thank you iPaper). Thanks to Clickpass, they are now enhancing their site’s accessibility.
On the other hand, this is great news for Clickpass. Their service has gained an undiscussed popularity since launch 2 months ago. Top bloggers support the Founders, and top entrepreneurs are enthusiasts about their product.
Up until now, I didn’t quite know what to do with my old .doc and .pdf documents. They are high school or college papers, corporate documentation, or simply free written artistic work. I would just let it sit there and not delete it, thinking that it could always come in handy.
That’s where Scribd steps in. Yesterday, I met and interviewed Trip Adler, one of the founders and the CEO of Scribd. The atmosphere in Scribd’s San Francisco downtown offices is very laid back; it is a company composed of young minds conveniently sitting on top of a potential multi-million dollars market. Scribd is a Youtube for documents. Same as when you download a video on Youtube for the whole world to see it, you download your documents on Scribd. Scribd has developed the iPaper, a new enhanced and lighter version of the old Adobe’s Flashpaper. The iPaper lets you view all types of document – doc, ppt, xl, pdf… – in real time, through a flash widget (just like videos on Youtube).
Things got a little bigger last week when Scribd released APIs so that publishers can hook their system to the Scribd platform to share selected documents. Since it is converted to Flash, Scribd went a step further and now lets publishers insert Google Ads inside the documents to monetize the content they share. It is the first company to ever insert ads in desktop-type documents.
With a player that makes it easy to view documents, APIs that make it easy to share documents, and a monetization system that makes document-sharing a profitable activity, Scribd has great chances to become one of the icons of the Web 2.0 sharing revolution.