These days, the internet is where the most innovation seems to be happening. Whether in the form of the YouTubes and MySpaces of this world, or in collaborative online efforts such as Wikipedia and news blogs, it’s largely shared applications on the web that have turned the ways we present and document events and data on their heads.

This article appears in the December 06 issue of PC Advisor. Available now in all good newsagents.

There’s sense in this, for the internet is simply a way of linking up people via their computer terminals. Increasingly, we’re focusing our efforts online, using it to present our ideas, to share our efforts and to solicit feedback from others in a shared web space. And what works well for personal pursuits can be replicated just as effectively in our working lives.

There have been ways of sharing details with other trusted souls for a while, of course, as more business-focused networking services such as Plaxo, Friendster and the UK-based MIdentity prove. Perhaps it is down to Google and its amazing success with all things web-based, but a raft of programs that are equally useful for leisure and business pursuits is now going through beta and likely to graduate in the coming months.

Familiar business applications are being emulated by free programs that reside online. These allow you to create documents, edit them from wherever you happen to be, or even to share them with others who can add their own comments.

For contact management, there are online calendaring and meeting-scheduling tools. You can host video-conferences via the web or you can share and collectively update your spreadsheets. While paid-for business applications sometimes come with bolt-on modules at an additional cost, many applications are completely free. Grab hold of a copy of the December 06 issue of PC Advisor to find out more.