Virable is testing a new social networking platform, Yammer. Yammer is a ‘closed-loop’ social network for businesses looking to utilize the communication advantages social networks provide but in a private environment.
At first glance, Yammer is similar to earlier versions of Facebook, but with the added flexibility of creating private invite-only networks with sub-grouping. As an example, Ford, a Yammer user, can have one master network with sub-groups such as; engineering, marketing, distribution, etc. Members of sub-groups can join multiple groups and tap into the communication streams of each.
We’ll be testing Yammer over the next month and will be reporting periodically on the results. Until then – from the Yammer site.
A Social Network for Your Company
Collaborate Across People, Teams, Content, and Business Data
Yammer brings the power of social networking inside the enterprise in a private and secure environment.
Yammer has the same level of usability as great consumer software like Facebook and Twitter, but its applications have been designed for business collaboration.
Why waste time and money trying to mandate tools that your employees resist adopting? Yammer is productivity software that employees love to use.
What you can do with Yammer:
Connect People Across Your Company
Tap into your company’s collective brain. Find expertise, answers, and information across departments, geographies, and levels.
Share status updates, ideas, announcements, links, files, photos, polls, events, and praise.
Browse coworker profiles, the company directory, and org chart.
Access the most relevant content from across the company in one place with Yammer’s intelligent feed aggregation, filtering, and search.