We can see the prominence of the social web in major sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, but we can also get a strong sense of how this "socializing" nature has spread to other technology. SharePoint is one great example, with its "My Sites" profile settings.
Those who have been using SharePoint for some time likely know a lot about My Sites – including the fact that it used to be absolutely awful to use. Because of this history, some companies still evade the SharePoint social profile completely. However, in SharePoint 2007 and (more essentially) 2010, the interface became more intuitive and useful.
My Sites allows you to set up profiles that:
- Share your areas of expertise with others in your company.
- Allow management to see all individuals with experience/expertise in a given topic.
- Allow users to post notes to their own page, educating others on frequently asked questions.
- Call the attention of colleagues by tagging them in notes.
- Create/view a visual company directory that clearly illustrates hierarchy.
- And much more!
Be sure to stay tuned to the SharePoint Engine website, and subscribe to our newsletter if you haven't already, since our April newsletter content will be giving some great tips and tricks on this all-important topic.