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Paper from Facebook

Storytelling has never been made more easier. With the growing popularity of the internet and digital media in the past decade, we have seen a surge in content publishing platforms and social networks. The evolution of storytelling or how we create new compelling stories, share them or engage with others has forever been transformed by our ability to remain in constant contact with our friends, family and networks. From blogs to Medium, tools to help us express ourselves have made this easier. However, this has cause a certain disconnect in our lives as we all struggle to manage to ongoing flow of new stories published by the people in our networks. Facebook Creative Labs will soon release PAPER, a new App that lets you “Explore and share stories from friends and the world around you.” According to Facebook, Paper combines news articles, videos and photos your friends share on Facebook with human-curated content from traditional news outlets like The New York Times,  TIME Magazine or The Huffington Post. Here’s from Facebook: Paper is the first product from Facebook Creative Labs, where we’re crafting new apps to support the diverse ways people want to connect and share. Here, a few highlights: Everything responds to your touch so you can pick up or thumb through stories with simple, natural movements You can tilt your phone to explore high-resolution panoramic photos from corner to corner, and see faces and other important details up close Fullscreen autoplay videos come to life and bring you deep into the action Beautifully detailed covers make it easy to spot articles from trusted publishers and decide what to read or watch.· Articles unfold in the app and appear fullscreen for a focused reading experience When you’re ready to tell your own story, you know exactly what your post or photo will look like because you see a live preview before you share it Watch the official Facebook video Check out Facebook.com/paper to learn more What do you think about the app so far? Will you be trying  Paper when it is released next...
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Product Review: Yammer

Product Review : Yammer.com “The Enterprise Social Network” What is Yammer? Yammer, Inc. is a freemium enterprise social network service that was launched in 2008 and sold to Microsoft in 2012. Yammer is used for private communication within organizations and is an example of enterprise social software. The tool was originally developed as an internal communication system for the genealogy website Geni. Access to a Yammer network is determined by a user’s Internet domain so that only individuals with appropriate email addresses may join their respective networks. Why Yammer? “The world is constantly changing – and companies are discovering that they need a new way to work together to succeed. At Yammer, we’ve helped more than 200,000 leading companies – including 85% of the Fortune 500 – on their journey to working social. Engage, collaborate, and innovate with Yammer at every step of the way.” Features Internal communication system Secure system Files sharing User Profile Groups Organizational Chart Announcements Instant chat / Online now system Mentions Shared conversations Private messages Assigning tasks and message Polls Events Document collaboration Plus much more (https://about.yammer.com/product/feature-list/) How much does it cost? Yammer is a FREEMIUM product, which mean you can start using Yammer today for free! There are optional features that you can add which will cost anywhere from $3 to $20 per month / per user / per feature, but the free service will be more than enough for most small and medium company out there. What do we think? We have several clients who use Yammer to manage their internal communications, assigning tasks and collaborate on projects. Overall the basic freemium service offer a solid foundation with some great features and is easy to use. The system is easy to setup, and you will have your team ready to use their new tool within minutes. If you are looking to collaborate on documents, the office 365 option is great. Overall this is a good “Internal / Enterprise Social Network” solution for the price range and by compared with other services out there. Try it, there is not risks, It’s free!  ...
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