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Social Collaboration: What to Post to an Activity Stream

For social collaboration to be useful, status posts cannot focus as much on entertainment and idle chatter as they do on Facebook or Twitter. An occasional, tasteful joke that brightens someone’s day can [more…]

Social Collaboration: How to Monitor an Activity Stream

Most social collaboration systems allow you to view a company-wide activity stream, with all the most recent public updates from every employee, everywhere. There is no real parallel to that in public [more…]

How to Connect External Applications to an Activity Stream

When implementing social collaboration in your workplace, remember that activity streams can include feeds from automated systems as well as activity from individuals. Application feed items from automated [more…]

Social Collaboration: How to Address Your Post to a Specific Person or Group

When building social collaboration in your workplace, tagging or mentioning other users in your posts is an important technique for making sure your messages will reach the right audience. [more…]

How to Introduce Facebook and Twitter Users to Social Collaboration

Employees who are active on a social network like Facebook or Twitter may come up to speed quickly using social collaboration in a business environment, but they may not understand how it's different from [more…]

Keep Social Collaboration Productive with Policies and Community Management

The champions and managers of social collaboration must take the good that comes from the expectations and training provided by public social networks and filter out the bad. Then, they must set new expectations [more…]

The Enterprise Social Graph

Social collaboration is as much about people as it is about content, therefore understanding how a collaboration platform represents the connections between people is important. The “social graph” is a [more…]

Form Groups as Part of a Social Collaboration

In very few businesses does the whole organization work on every project. Likewise, most of the real work accomplished through social collaboration networks happens through smaller groups rather than the [more…]

How to Share Files and Media in a Social Collaboration

One of the distinguishing features of social collaboration systems for business is the ability to share files. Most public social networks will let you share a photo or a video but not a PowerPoint or [more…]

How to Respond to Another User's Post in a Social Collaboration

Posting and sharing your own content on a social collaboration site is great, but effective use of any social network is not all about self-promotion. You must listen to what others say and think about [more…]

How to Make and Cultivate Connections on a Professional Social Network

You may want to start building a professional social network with your allies — the people you turn to regularly for advice and guidance. This may include old college friends and respected former co-workers [more…]

Useful Posts for Social Collaboration

Varying the types of posts you make to a social network is one way of getting more attention for them. Choosing the right type or format for a post makes it more likely that you’ll communicate in the most [more…]

How to Look Professional on a Social Network for Business

You should dress up your profile the way you dress yourself for success in the workplace. At a bank or other traditional organization, a man’s profile picture may include a suit and tie [more…]

How Social Task Management Can Help Your Business

Social task management tools explicitly manage deadlines, assignments, and relationships between tasks. They distinguish themselves from other task and project management applications with social-style [more…]

How to Share Documents on a Social Collaboration Site

File management capabilities vary between social collaboration platforms, but as a rule, this is an area where the designers of these platforms tend to favor simplicity over sophistication. In other words [more…]

How to Collaborate on Documents in Google Docs

Often in a social collaboration, it's best to write, revise, edit, and leave comments on most documents within a browser. This is particularly true when a document has multiple authors and editors who [more…]

How to Choose a Social Collaboration System

It’s easy to imagine a small business owner choosing a cloud-based, social collaboration product on the advice of a friend, creating accounts for himself and a dozen employees, and never looking back — [more…]

Identify Key Features You Need in a Social Collaboration Tool

When searching for a social collaboration network for your organization, you need to look beyond the base level of the tool's main features like content sharing and social networking. Your choice as to [more…]

The Leading Vendors in Social Collaboration

Vendors in any enterprise will come and go, and some will merge, and product names will change, but like any industry, the leaders in social collaboration like Jive, IBM, Microsoft [more…]

Social Collaboration in a Cloud Environment

Many social collaboration products are offered exclusively in the cloud (meaning you don't have to install any software on-premises). The two most popular cloud-based collaboration tools are Yammer and [more…]

Cloud, Hosted, or On Premises Social Collaboration Tools

The following social collaboration tools are available as traditional enterprise software that you can install on your own servers or host on dedicated equipment. Each also offers some option for a subscription-based [more…]

How SharePoint Fits into Your Social Collaboration

SharePoint, Microsoft's portal software, winds up factoring into practically every social collaboration strategy, regardless of whether it is at the center of that strategy. At a minimum, every serious [more…]

Social Collaboration in the Cloud

The reinvention of business collaboration is driven at least as much by the rise of cloud computing and software as service products as it is by social media. Rather than being defined by the user interface [more…]

Distinguish between Cloud and Application Hosting for Social Collaboration Tools

Cloud providers like Amazon Web Services provide storage and raw computing power on a metered basis. SaaS providers typically charge per user, per month on subscription contracts. To understand the technology [more…]

The Advantages of Cloud-Based Tools for Social Collaboration

Most traditional software vendors have adapted to some version of the cloud business model by now, offering customers a choice of software or cloud-based software as a service [more…]

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