Socialtext, an enterprise social networking tool that we’ve written about previously, is being updated. The company hopes the new release will help to make corporate intranets more social, and move away from being static sources of information to become places where people interact and share knowledge.
Socialtext wants its product to replace legacy intranet systems. That’s why Socialtext 4.6 includes integration with business IM tools Lotus Sametime and Microsoft Office Communicator, to add to existing support for consumer-focused messaging apps like AIM, Yahoo Messenger and Skype). As shown in the graphic above, users can see presence indicators within the app and click to start Sametime chats.
Another new feature that makes the product more suitable for use on business intranets is the ability for employees to use widgets to build a personalized dashboard. Users can now embed widgets, such as a shared calendar or photo gallery, anywhere on the Socialtext platform, with no coding required. They can also use the widgets to access enterprise tools, such as CRM or ERP systems. Additionally, to assist businesses get a deeper insight into how their employees are using their intranets, Socialtext now also integrates with Google Analytics.
This release also includes notifications for Socialtext Signals (the product’s Twitter-like microblogging tool). The new notification technology allows users to stay up-to-date with Signals messages no matter what application they’re using. The new notifications work natively in Chrome and can be enabled via an extension in Firefox.