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A Look at SharePoint 2010 Social Networking Features

With social networking becoming the buzzword that seems to cause investor money to leap out of their pockets and into promising enterprises, it’s no surprise that Microsoft has taken the time to do some development into social networking features in SharePoint 2010. With major players such as Google+ and Facebook in the market, SharePoint has some serious competition for the position of top social networking platform.

To respond to this challenge, Microsoft has implemented its social networking features alongside the powerful feature set already present in SharePoint 2010.

SharePoint 2010 social networking featuresSharePoint 2010 has launched with a plethora of social networking features missing from many of the content management suites that it competes against. With new features like “My Site Profile”, various ways to get news and activities feeds, suggestions, people search, tags, blogs, wikis, video, and more SharePoint 2010 seems poised to take the social networking world by storm while maintaining the core functionality that has made it such a successful product. Below, let’s take a bit of time to look more in depth at these social networking features:

My Site Profile:

The “My Site Profile” feature is essentially the user’s home page, with each use getting their own page and containing features such as a profile page where a user can post information about themselves in a way that others can see. They can describe things like their current project, things they have worked on in the past, their skills and history, interests, and what they feel they would be best working on. This also includes their position in the company organizational chart.

Feeds:

Employees also have access to both news feeds and recent activities feeds. Anyone who has ever used Facebook is familiar with the recent activities feed, also known as The Wall, as a listing of what your friends have been doing while you were doing something else. In SharePoint 2010 however, this feed is vastly more useful because it’s not flooded with thousands of posts auto-generated by some flash game. The news feed behaves more like your own status updates, which allow other people to see what you have been posting.

Suggestions:

Suggestions are essentially references. Not only can a team leader on another project locate employees who may be valuable to them, but other employees who know of that leader’s needs can suggest that employee to them. This is crowd sourcing at its finest, taking the load off your management and passing it around to those who would truly know the other employees best.

The feature list goes on and on, and is longer than what we can look into here today. In short, SharePoint 2010 continues to deliver what it always had and now even more.

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