If you've read this blog for any length of time you know that I have a thing for tools that let people collaborate at a distance. Maybe that's because I'm frequently far away from the people with whom I want to collaborate!
Skrbl is a very nice online whiteboard that can be created almost instantly. In their words:
The complete web whiteboard. Just start skrbl, give out your URL and instantly share online. Use skrbl to collaborate with others or, keep it your own private web space. Write notes, sketch drawings, upload pictures, share files...
Everyone sees the same screen,
Everybody stays on the same page.
You can use this for your self, as an online bulletin board or more valuably, invite others to participate in an online brainstorming session.
Registered users (free) can add people to the session either by sending them an invitation email from within skrbl or by IMing them the URL for the session. Either way it's about as simple as it gets.
On the DOWNSIDE, I sent a link to a friend who was on a 3 meg broadband connection and after about 15 minutes, he still hadn't seen anything drawn on the screen. Whooops.
Skrbl is still in beta but watch out for this little app. It's got a lot to offer.