What is Yammer? A microbloggingservice for businesses Based around the question: “What are you working on?” Allows users to connect and share with people in their company or organization. Aims to improve workforce productivity, connect a geographically dispersed team, and increase the flow of content and knowledge. Founders believe “email and IM fall short of providing the central communication hub necessary to optimize workforce productivity.”
History Founder: David Sacks Launched September 2008 @ TechCrunch50 Conference Idea from Geni.com Backed by Charles River Ventures and the Founders Fund
Users and Costs November 3rd, 2009: passed the 50,000 network mark Launched just over a year ago FREE! Yammer is a free service but companies can claim their networks in order to obtain more administrative rights and security features. Pay $3 per month per user Benefits: password expiration, adding/blocking members and broadcast messages
Features Very similar to both Twitter and Facebook Profile Tags Photos “What are you working on?” Feed can be viewed in 2 ways: Stream (like Twitter) Threads (like Facebook) Can create “private groups” for individual teams “Like” Button Can only log in with a company/organization email
Accessibility iPhone application Blackberry application Can even integrate with Twitter
Who uses Yammer? Over 50,000 companies AMD http://vimeo.com/5299239 “Fortune 500 media and entertainment company”
Discussion Could/Should Yammer be integrated into schools? Group projects Class time/location changes Contact with teachers/peers Does Facebook already get the job done?