Microsoft’s Enterprise Social Networking platform has become a popular social collaboration and knowledge sharing platform.
Availability: Web or download app
Cost: Free and premium versions
You can be a member of a number of Yammer networks – both within your organisation and externally, so if you use the same email address to join different networks, you will be able to move in and out of your networks seamlessly.
When you sign up to Yammer with your business email account, if a network already exists for your company, you will automatically join it. If you are the first one with the domain name, then the organisational network will be set up at that point.
Within the network you can set up public or private groups (see screenshot below of an example Training Group)
You can also set up an attached network (which can include members from outside the organisation) and these networks can also consist of groups.
Within a Yammer network, you can follow (or unfollow) members by clicking on their names in the Membership list.
You can send messages to a member or mention them by name by using @ before their username.
Conversations on Yammer are threaded, so you can reply to updates and comments. Note when comments are made on old updates, the whole thread rises to the top of the feed.
You can tag your messages using a #hashtag. You can follow tags, by clicking on the tag and then clicking the Follow button.
If you have a Twitter account you can link it with your Yammer network. Simply include the #yam hashtag in your tweets, and they will appear in your Yammer home network.
You can share links, files and images in Yammer.
You can also create collaborative documents using Notes (see screenshot below).
You can chat with other members online.
You can set up polls (as shown in the screenshot below.
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