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Here we are in our Newsfeed. This is a microblog, it's a lot like Twitter or Instagram. This is where we can create posts so that other people can read them. This is a shared social space and there are two or three things you'll want to know about how we refer to things. First, if I want to include information about a person, I'll start by typing the @ sign, and SharePoint will quickly pull up a list of everyone that I am following, so that I can choose from a list. If I start typing letters it will narrow that list down, and that's because there a space here that I can mention people in, and that space is maintained by SharePoint.
So it's all of the folks that I am following, other people in the company are available to me. So, the @ symbol is a way to say, I want to refer to somebody specific in this microblog post, and that way my post will show up on their list of Mentions. The second thing is the ability to create a conversation by using tags. A tag or Hash tag starts with this symbol, the # symbol to many of us or Shift+3, but it's the tag symbol. And when you begin by tagging something then what you're doing is you're saying this is a keyword, but we don't call them keywords here in the social networking space, we call them tags, or hash tags.
So, you'll notice down here that I actually created a post that starts with a hashtag and then it's called challenge2013. By using that in other posts I am saying they're all part of the same conversation. For example, create a post that says, "I've heard several suggestions for keynote speakers for #challenge," and as soon as I begin typing, because this tag already exist, I can simply click that tag here, notice that it's grayed in a little bit like a field would be in Microsoft Word, "Any news?" So, I'm continually asking about # challenge2013 and these two items then are part of the same conversation.
If I wanted to I can actually filter on #challenge2013 and find all of that information. Now when I am microblogging, this is a conversation, so Akee posted, "I'm new to this, what do these symbols mean?" And I posted a reply actually Mark posted a reply first that mentioned me. I clicked on Mentions, here I am and so I'm posting back. But another thing that could have done is I could have said, well you know what I want to make sure that I follow up with this, or I want to link to this conversation.
So, two different possibilities here. If I click Follow up then this conversation will actually be added to my Tasks list, we will see that later on. So, if I want to say, well I want to know more about this, so I want to do something with this, or I want to print a beautiful copy of this sunset picture and give it to Jaryl. Any of those things that I might like to do, I can simply say Follow up and throw this item to my Task list. Another possibility for a conversation is, I want to continue this and say you know we should just do a little tech note for this and have it available to folks on the site, because Akee is not the only person who might be asking about this.
I could Copy a link to the conversation. Now this didn't copy it, all it did was create the link URL for me, I now need to right-click and Copy it. I can then paste this somewhere else if I wish. I could email it to somebody, I could create another post and mention this. So, this is a link that brings me right back to this conversation. So, if for example I were to put this in an Outlook email message--let's just see what that looks like real quickly. So, I created a new email message and I'm simply going to dropdown into the body and paste this in.
As soon as I hit the Spacebar it turns it into a hyperlink. And I want to just make a note that says, "Do we need some resources on microblogging?" And I am going to actually send this as a question. Now when Jaryl receives this, she can simply click and Open that hyperlink, and if she has permission, because she is following both Akee and my conversations, and Mark's, it takes her right back to this same conversation.
So, that's the value of saying that I'd like to be able to track this conversation. Now notice that now that it's on the space all its own there's really no way to save a link to it. This is the link, it's sitting up here in the Address Bar. And if I click Newsfeed it will take me back to my entire Newsfeed once again. So, all kinds of choices that we have when we microblog: ways that we can create new posts, ways that we can Like or Reply to posts, a method to be able to Copy links to conversations and Follow them, a way to Lock a conversation which I can do if it's my conversation, so that it can't be removed, the ability simply to enjoy information that's been posted by my colleagues.
Microblogging is a great new feature in SharePoint 2013 and I hope you just jump in and enjoy it.
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