Yammer is a conversation and messaging system for your organization that works similarly to some social media tools. This video will serve as a quick overview to Yammer and its basic functions.
- [Instructor] In this movie I'd like to talk about Yammer which is a conversation and messaging system for your organization that works similarly to some social media tools that you've seen. This will just be a quick overview. Naturally, if you need to learn more about Yammer you should take a look at our Yammer 2016 Essential Training course. Here on our main Office 365 landing page I'll find the tile for Yammer. So naturally, if you have an Office 365 business or enterprise account you have a Yammer account. But this is a little bit different from some of the other tools in this course.
Because you do not need an Office 365 account to use Yammer. You can go to Yammer.com and set up Yammer for your company even if you don't have Office 365. But this is a course of collaboration in Office 365 so we'll go to Office 365 to access it from here. So I'll click on that tile and it takes me to the Yammer interface. And if this looks familiar it's because it's intended to look like a social media platform like Facebook or Linkedin. Your main focus here is going to be posting messages, seeing feedback from your coworkers on the messages that you post, and offering feedback to others.
Of course there are other tools here but I'm simplifying a bit. So this is my home feed. And I can scroll through it and I can see messages from my coworkers. I want to post a new message so I'm going to go back up to the top and I can see there is a text field waiting for me to post a message. So, I'm going to click on that field and I'm going to type something in. [Typing] Of course this should be a message relevant to the employees at your company. Type that in. And when you're ready you can just hit the post button and then it appears here on the feed.
So from here people can like it, they can reply to it, they can share it and so on. Pretty standard stuff that you would see in a social media platform. And as time goes on other people will post messages. When somebody else posts a message it will look like this. I see there's a notification here saying that there is one new message. Of course I'll see that in my feed the next time I sign in or I could just hit this button now to see that new message. And from here I could like it just by click on the like button or I could go into this reply field and type in a response.
[Typing] When I'm finished typing I can hit post and that reply has been posted. If you've used Facebook or Linkedin this is all really familiar stuff. But this is a closed network designed specifically for conversations with your coworkers. You can discuss internal topics to your organization in the format of a social network. So already Yammer is a great tool for collaborating with your coworkers. But I want to look closer at something and I'm going to use a very familiar word here. But we're going to be very careful with the meaning of that word.
I want to talk about groups. But we're not necessarily talking about Office 365 groups. You see, when I posted that message a moment ago it was posted to the whole company. Everybody in my Yammer organization can see it. And if I scroll through my feed I can see that some messages are posted to the whole company like this and the message that I posted but some of these messages are posted to the management team. Management team is a Yammer group.
I can also see it listed over here on the left side. I've got the All Company group, which is everybody in my organization. And then the Management Team group which, as you might guess, is a smaller group of people. When I post a new message I can choose which group it's posted to. So let me go back up to the top here, write another message. [Typing] But before I post it I want to look at which group it's being posted to. It's currently set to All Company which is the default. But if I hit this little x it opens up a menu and it gives me a list of the groups I have in Yammer and also individual people in my Office 365 organization.
So I can choose my management team, post this message and now that message has been posted specifically to the Management Team. And if I click on one of my groups over on the sidebar on the left, for example if I click on Management Team here, I only see messages that have been posted to that group. And there's not as many here. I could switch over to All Company and see only messages that have been posted there. Or I could click on this Home button over on the left to go back to my Home feed which will show a feed containing messages from all of the groups that I'm a member of.
And naturally, I can create new groups. All I need to do is go to this item here that says Globe Banking Groups, of course you'll see your organization's name here, but if I hit the plus button here I can create a new group. I'm not going to do that for now I'm just going to hit the x to close this. But now we need to address a question that I really hope you're thinking about. Is a Yammer group the same as an Office 365 group? The answer, at the time I'm recording this movie, is no. And usually in my training courses I don't talk about what might happen in the future.
But in this case there is a very specific help article published by Microsoft that addresses this question. Basically this is saying that today, as I record this course, Office 365 groups and Yammer groups are two separate things with no connection. But in the future that will change and they will be integrated. Exactly how that will manifest I can't say for sure. And that's a very exciting and positive thing about Cloud-based tools like Yammer and the Office 365 suite as a whole.
These tools can and will change over time. Some people may get frustrated with these changes but it means that the tools will constantly improve. So I hope you will take some of what you've seen here as guidance and keep your eyes open for changes in the future. You may find that your Office 365 groups are accessible here in Yammer. Just try to be aware and try to roll with the changes. That's life on the Cloud. I hope that gets you started with the social media style messaging for your organization in Yammer.
If it looks useful, I hope you'll check out Yammer 2016 Essential Training for much more information.
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