Sunday, March 4, 2012

Socialcast Groups and Company Directory

Groups are a powerful way to organize topics, ideas, and departments. You can make a group either public or private.

Public groups are open discussion forums. Anyone can join the group to discuss their ideas.  Public groups can be on any subject; it can range from an open discussion on topics for a department quarterly meeting to best practices on a VDI solution.

Private groups are by invitation only.  They are good for sharing sensitive or confidential information amongst certain individuals in your organizational community. The creator of the private group must invite members to view and post comments.

To create a group, click Add a new group on the left hand bar under Groups.

Give your group a name, add a description, upload a photo, and then set your group permissions.

Here is a group I setup for my department called DIS Virtualization. I left the group public so that people outside our team could view the posts and share their thoughts.

Groups are great avenues to foster collaboration of innovative ideas on specific IT topics across horizontal departments. An example could be the storage team posting a link about best practices to avoid latency when building out your virtual desktop infrastructure from EMC on the Virtualization group. This type of mutual communication builds awareness and helps distribute knowledge.

The final aspect I want to cover is the Company Directory. The directory lists all the users in your Socialcast ecosystem. You can search out specific members or click from A to Z to sort by last name. You can see the number of messages posted by the user and the number of followers.

This wraps up my blog series on setting up your own social networking site using Socialcast.  

Scobleizer did an interview with the founder and CEO of Socialcast Tim Young, I have added the link below.

Socialcast Tim Young Interview

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