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NewsGator evolves CUs intranet into social network
BOSTON (6/11/08)--NewsGator, a social computing provider, has helped evolve CME FCU’s intranet into a social network, according to Joe Toth, CME assistant vice president. “It allows for users to add colleagues into their profile and exchange information across departmental boundaries,” Toth said. “These features, along with other social computing capabilities provided by the solution, have led to improved productivity by saving our employees an average of 30 minutes a day.” CME FCU is located in Columbus, Ohio. NewsGator recently announced the availability of Social Sites 2.0, an upgrade for NewsGator’s social computing solution for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Social Sites 2.0 allows users to interact, collaborate and find people they need to do their work. Social Sites offers community capabilities, that:
* Allow employees to share ideas, information and documents by enabling them to create ad hoc communities around common interests, areas of research and projects; * Provide for easy discovery of groups via customized recommendations, tags, searches and lists of recently created and popular communities; * Offer a discussion component with e-mail integration; * Simplify content additions by allowing content to be tagged into the community, added via social bookmarks and RSS feeds; and * Offer chronological views of community activity from both a single community and consolidated from all communities a user joins.
Social networking capabilities:
* Provides employees with social network graphs based on explicit and implied connections; * Show each user their strongest connections based on common content, interests and intranet activity; and * Recommend colleagues to a user based on common community membership, tags and RSS subscriptions.


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