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April 11
Making SharePoint Social with Yammer!

SharePoint is great for creating, storing, and managing content. But did you know that SharePoint 2013 now offers a social layer that was never there before? You can now become more collaborative and engaged through the use of Yammer with its full integration with SharePoint 2013. Yammer allows for quicker employee connections and information right at your fingertips. 

What exactly is Yammer? Yammer is a private, secure enterprise social networking tool that enables real-time collaboration and discussion for an employer’s workforce. It is designed for the exchange of knowledge and to increase team efficiency. You can gain access to your company’s Yammer network by creating an account on www.yammer.com (verify that your company does have a Yammer network prior to creating an account). In order to be a part of your company’s network, you must submit the corresponding email address for your account. Example: Microsoft Yammer Network can be joined by submitting your Microsoft work email address (john.doe@microsoft.com). Only people with a verified company email address can join your company Yammer network.

Yammer comment feeds can now be displayed on a SharePoint page. Having a Yammer feed on a SharePoint site lets people post, reply, and like  Yammer discussions right on the team or project site. You no longer have to navigate to another tab to see Yammer. It’s available all in one location, making collaboration quick and easy!   

Adding Yammer to your team or project site can be completed in a few quick steps:

1.       Get the app from the Office Store (this does require someone with Office 365 global admin credentials).

2.       Make the app available for use (Site collection admins need to add the app to the Site Contents so when someone wants to insert a Yammer feed on the site, it’s easy for them to find the app).

3.       Add a Yammer feed to a SharePoint page.

 

You can choose the type of Yammer feed you’d like to add; group feed, home feed, comment feed, etc. The dimensions of the Yammer feed can be changed to fit your project or team site. Have some fun with it! Make it fit for what you need on your site. Your Yammer feed can grow in size as it becomes more popular.  

The integration of SharePoint 2013 and Yammer allows for great collaboration on content, documents, and more. Would you like to know more about Yammer? Visit www.yammer.com/about.

 

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