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Outlook Social Connector

From: Outlook 2010 Essential Training

Video: Outlook Social Connector

You use Outlook to organize all your e-mail; optionally, you store Contact information in Outlook, as well. Now wouldn't it be great if Outlook could automatically set up new contact records for you based on the contacts that you already have in your social networks like LinkedIn, and wouldn't it be nice to see all of the updates that your contacts have posted to the social networks? Well now you can, using the Outlook's Social Connector and the various plug-ins. We're going to start by taking a look at how this new feature works.

Outlook Social Connector

You use Outlook to organize all your e-mail; optionally, you store Contact information in Outlook, as well. Now wouldn't it be great if Outlook could automatically set up new contact records for you based on the contacts that you already have in your social networks like LinkedIn, and wouldn't it be nice to see all of the updates that your contacts have posted to the social networks? Well now you can, using the Outlook's Social Connector and the various plug-ins. We're going to start by taking a look at how this new feature works.

I might receive a message from Greg, and I can tell, by looking down at the lower half of my Preview Pane, that he is now a member of one of my networks. If I want to invite him to my network, I can simply click on the Add button and send an invitation to my LinkedIn account. Now once he joins, he's going to be like my friend Herman, and anytime I receive a message from Herman, I'll be able to see all of the messages that Herman has sent me.

I can also look at just his latest updates, or I can just look at the e-mail messages that he's recently sent me. And of course, I can zoom in to any of those messages with a click. I'm also seeing not only Herman's picture, and I know this picture came from his LinkedIn profile because of the letters IN, but I'm also seeing any other contacts in my database that Herman has also connected with. One of the other nice options that I have is receiving attachments.

Gary might have sent many e-mails to me in the past, but I'd to just focus in on those e-mails that contain attachments. I can click on the Attachments button, and now I'm just seeing the two e-mail messages that he sent that me that contain attachments. Finally, one of my favorite features is that I can go down to the Meetings tab and look at any meetings that I might have scheduled with one of these contacts. Outlook magically creates an entire new address book with your LinkedIn contact information.

So I'm going to go to my Contacts area by clicking Contacts in the Navigation Pane, and you notice that I now have a brand-new contact folder called LinkedIn. And when I click it, I notice that all my LinkedIn contacts have appeared there with all their contact information. Now if I decide that I would like one of these contacts to be in my main contact folder, I can simply drag their information over to the Contacts folder.

And you see in this case that Sharon has disappeared from my LinkedIn folder, but she's now part of my Contact folder. And if I open this up, I can see that all her information is already there, and I didn't have to bother inputting it. At the time of this recording, Microsoft is still developing links to additional social networking sites, including Facebook. Integrating Outlook with your social network results in one easy place to see all your contact data, and I for one, can't wait for those links to arrive on the scene.

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Outlook 2010 Essential Training

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Karen Fredricks
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  1. 1m 14s
    1. Introduction
      1m 14s
  2. 9m 46s
    1. The Outlook interface
      2m 46s
    2. Starting Outlook
      2m 35s
    3. Setting up IMAP/Exchange accounts
      2m 0s
    4. Setting up POP accounts
      2m 25s
  3. 33m 47s
    1. Introducing contacts
      2m 14s
    2. Adding contacts
      6m 7s
    3. Working with business cards
      4m 42s
    4. Viewing contacts
      5m 31s
    5. Searching for contacts
      3m 13s
    6. Creating contact folders
      6m 33s
    7. Creating contact groups
      5m 27s
  4. 21m 24s
    1. Introducing email
      2m 1s
    2. Finding the inbox
      3m 18s
    3. Reading email
      3m 12s
    4. Flagging and categorizing messages
      5m 9s
    5. Organizing messages with folders
      3m 7s
    6. Searching for messages
      4m 37s
  5. 23m 56s
    1. Creating new messages
      4m 48s
    2. Formatting a message
      4m 0s
    3. Replying and forwarding
      2m 54s
    4. Adding attachments
      2m 50s
    5. Working with signatures
      4m 1s
    6. Working with autocorrect and quick parts
      5m 23s
  6. 12m 23s
    1. Setting up protection levels
      5m 34s
    2. Sending spam to the trash pile
      2m 25s
    3. Recovering messages from the spam folder
      4m 24s
  7. 22m 51s
    1. Introducing Calendar
      3m 26s
    2. Creating appointments
      4m 49s
    3. Creating meetings
      4m 7s
    4. Creating and working with multiple calendars
      4m 22s
    5. Setting events and holidays
      6m 7s
  8. 36m 35s
    1. Deleting items from Outlook
      3m 52s
    2. Configuring options
      4m 25s
    3. Using the Conversation view
      3m 34s
    4. Quick Steps
      5m 57s
    5. Setting rules to handle incoming email
      4m 47s
    6. Using drag and drop
      3m 26s
    7. Cleaning up your inbox automatically
      5m 48s
    8. Managing Outlook data
      4m 46s
  9. 12m 52s
    1. Outlook Social Connector
      3m 7s
    2. Subscribing to blogs
      2m 50s
    3. Creating notes
      2m 33s
    4. Creating and organizing tasks
      4m 22s
  10. 28s
    1. Goodbye
      28s

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