Another collaboration app? What’s different about Yammer?

Posted in: Communications & Collaboration, Digital Data & Technology Group

Introducing Yammer

We’re excited to introduce the next Office 365 app to the University, known as Yammer!  It’s a social networking tool, similar to Facebook and Linkedin, enabling you to connect and engage with colleagues across the University and around the world.


Features of Yammer

  • Discover the latest posts with discovery feed
  • Search for experts and tap into their knowledge
  • Attach a file, gif, photo or video to enhance your post
  • Broadcast your message to a large audience, across departments, the University or even external organisations
  • Join groups to stay informed, connect with your community and gather ideas
  • Follow colleagues to receive updates when they post
  • @mention someone to loop them into conversations
  • Like, reply to and share information and ideas
  • Subscribe to email updates, to keep in the loop of the groups you’re interested in
  • Praise someone for a job well done

Getting help and support on Yammer

Yammer opens up a great support network for staff and students, providing a platform to ask the questions you haven’t been able to find the answer to.  What’s more, the Office 365 Champions are already there waiting to answer your questions on anything Office 365. Join the 'Office 365 Community' for a taster of what Yammer is all about and maybe even post your first question. Interested in becoming a Champion? Find out more and register your interest.

Outlook, Teams or Yammer - where to start a conversation?

You may be unsure of which communication-based app to use in different scenarios but they all serve different purposes and ultimately help you to be more productive. The inner loop, outer loop and open loop are important to keep in mind when deciding Outlook vs Teams vs Yammer.

Use Outlook for:

  • targeted, formal or sensitive communications
  • scheduling meetings
  • information which shouldn’t be shared broadly

Use Teams for:

  • scenarios where you are working with a group of people e.g. team meetings and communications, project work etc
  • conversations that are informal and chat-based
  • fast messaging and real-time feedback
  • sharing information and collaborating

Use Yammer for: 

  • locating someone with certain expertise
  • sharing messages to a larger audience, e.g. the whole University
  • asking questions and exchanging ideas
  • sharing  information and collaborating
  • informal and formal communication

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