Yammer gets social feature boost

Summary:Yammer is furthering how social its platform can be for the enterprise with three new features designed to boost collaboration on work projects.

Yammer is furthering how social its platform can be for the enterprise with three new features designed to boost collaboration on work projects.

The first and foremost is the Ticker, which is a news feed that displays in real-time what co-workers are doing on their enterprise applications. This ticker can be picked up and viewed on Yammer as well as on third-party applications, making it much faster for team members to find information relevant to them.

For example, Box.net CEO Aaron Levie explained that Yammer Ticker can be integrated onto Box's open platform, allowing customers to get data and information from any application they use for further collaboration.

"We want to provide the easiest way to share, manage and accesses business information from any location, device or service," said Levie, "Just as with our personal lives, social-activity streams in the enterprise — like Yammer — are causing today's organisations to become more connected and collaborative than ever before."

Some of the other integration partners include Zendesk and TripIt, the latter of which is also being integrated on Salesforce Chatter to keep colleagues posted on upcoming travel plans.

The second new function is Pages. Although it sounds like a new product from Google+, this type of Pages is a bit different — although it does seem reminiscent of Google Wave (but hopefully better).

Basically, users can use Yammer Pages to combine real-time collaboration on document editing with Yammer's social communication tools. Enterprise users can compile meeting notes, brainstorm ideas, draft content, etc. All of this can be socially discoverable (or not, if you choose), company-wide.

Finally, there's Files, which is a bit similar to Pages, except that this is really just more of a file-sharing and viewing tool. Yammer Files enables users to quickly share new or previously uploaded files in the context of projects, keep track of file versions, and integrate files with existing content-management systems.

Activity from Yammer Files can also be transferred over to update on Yammer Ticker.

Via ZDNet US

Topics: Social Enterprise

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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