NewsGator's SharePoint add-on tries to filter, reduce enterprise social noise

Social Sites has been upgraded to better tailor its content and capabilities for its users

NewsGator has upgraded its Social Sites enterprise social networking (ESN) add-on for SharePoint to make the software better able to tailor the content, notifications and capabilities it displays for each user.

The overall goal is to make it easier for Social Sites users to stay engaged with work tasks, information and colleagues.

ESN software, which adapts social media features for workplace use, is seen to fail when employees view it as yet another separate "inbox" that they need to check. When this happens, the ESN system becomes a deserted island.

Thus, NewsGator and other ESN vendors consider it a priority to make sure their software is threaded into the business applications and processes that employees use daily.

In version 4.0, NewsGator for example has a new feature called Follow a Document, which lets employees receive notifications on their activity streams about changes to documents that they consider important.

Another feature called Top News rearranges items on users' activity streams, giving more prominence to items Social Sites deems more relevant and important based on each individual's actions and profile data.

An existing feature called Question Routing has been improved to get questions posted in groups answered more quickly and precisely.

Also new in Social Sites 4.0 is the ability to post requests that require approvals to the activity streams of those involved in deciding on them, and giving them the ability to approve or deny them in the Social Sites interface.

Social Sites, which is designed to be used with SharePoint implementations on customer premises or in dedicated hosting environments, now gets in version 4.0 a link to Office 365's SharePoint Online, hosted by Microsoft on a public cloud.

The feature, called O365 Bridge, lets Social Sites on premises installations tap their organization's Office 365's SharePoint Online as an extranet for external collaboration, giving users the ability to upload files to their SkyDrive Pro accounts and monitor Social Sites activity streams from Office 365.

NewsGator will also announce on Tuesday a special version of the product tailored specifically for internal corporate communications tasks called Social Sites for Internal Communications.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags softwareapplicationsNewsGator

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Juan Carlos Perez

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?