TowTruck: Real-Time Site Collaboration & Internet Browsing

moin 18-04-2013

Are you looking for an easy way to go over some code with a fellow collaborator on your own website? If yes, then you should check out a site called TowTruck.



TowTruck is a tool offered by Mozilla to developers. The tool is basically something that can be used to browse the Internet with friends in real time. However, since it can be incorporated only in your own website, the tool is primarily targeted at developers who want to collaborate with their team members and help explain something to reviewers.

The function of the tool is to let you view each other’s mouse clicks, key strokes, and every other action on a webpage that has TowTruck enabled. To enable it on your own website, you simply add a few lines of JavaScript. People on your website will then be able to view a TowTruck button which they can click to enable the tool.

They will be required to type in a name and then share a given link with friends. People who visit this link will be able to share the session with a person using TowTruck.



Parties involved will be able to view what the other person is typing. They will also see the mouse pointer movement and when somebody clicks something, a red circle appears.

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This easy to implement and easy to use tool makes collaboration on your website fun and a lot more productive than before.


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  1. Sophie Sweatman
    October 12, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks for this article. I have found when I meet new people face to face, that if we have no friends in common, we can't use Facebook as a real contact tool.

    Yet, in your article it says "Facebook wants you to add only people you know in real life. " then, further down, it says "avoid adding too many people without common friends at once" . Isn't that what "real life socialising" is actually like?

    I'm 45 years old, have reconnected with college friends from 1993, before email, mobiles and Internet through Facebook plus family who live abroad. Today, I work in music and find Facebook does not allow me to connect with new contacts I make face to face who want to stay in touch via Facebook when we have no mutual friends, and yet I get a lot of strangers sending requests, because I have one friend in common, who has friend requests set to "everyone".

    My suggestion to get around this, and allow people to " only add people they know in real life" to bypass the "common friend" rule if TWO PEOPLE BOTH CHECK IN TO THE SAME VENUE AT AROUND THE SAME TIME.

    I didn't mean to shout, just so this idea sticks out a bit. It would solve problems in real socialising and making new contacts in real life.