Laurent Maguire

Yammer-Dama-Ding-Dong

A few weeks ago I came across a blog post about Yammer, the winners of the top prize at Techcrunch 50, in the blog post I read the line:

“takes the familiar Twitter messaging system and applies it to internal corporate communications.”

Which is some thing we’ve been looking at for the last 18 months, so I decided to take a few minutes and have a play with it.

At the FOWA 2007 we heard a great presentation from some of the developers at last.fm and they discussed how they’d customised IRC to work as an internal communication hub that would update everyone on dev changes, support issues, etc. It sounded like a great way of keeping everyone in the loop with what was happening.

Although we’re a smaller team than last.fm we do have lots of projects going on at the same time, and in my mind there was a need for group communication beyond what we did on email and IM.

We tried the same approach as last.fm, but it never really worked for us. So we tried Campfire, Pounce, group IM, then Twitter, but they just never stuck. But Yammer has succeeded where the others failed, since signing up 5 weeks ago we’ve posted 963 messages, every member of the team has contributed and it’s just become part of the normal days activities.

The killer features for me have been the IM integration, and the daily catch up email which helps when I’m out of the office for the day. The Adobe Air client is also great (a few people here prefer it to the IM option), and the iPhone app is well executed. For others I know its the ease at which they can organise who’s making the tea or going out to get lunch, but without doubt its improved our working environment and communication here at Kyan.

Since then present.ly has launched a similar offering, and although I’ve read some great stuff about it, until we find a killer feature that’s missing we’re going to stick with Yammer.

Tags: yammer, webapplications, social, office, lastfm

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Comments: 4

Matt Hamm
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I'm loving Yammer, its like Intra-Twitter. although I'm finding the Adobe Air applications a little twitchy.

Gavin
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The Adobe Air app is sweet on XP

Robin
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Yeah, the Mac app is atrocious but I’ll stick with it. It’s good (for me at least) to keep different priority messages in different apps. Messages over Yammer generally aren’t as important as email, which in turn needs to be dealt with less quickly that IM.

Andrew
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Been on Twitter for sometime and yammer looks to be a perfect solution to groups. Love your blog design and the "secret lab".

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