Socialtext 4.0 Adds Groups, Channels

Socialtext, the enterprise social network, collaborative workspace and microblogging tool (see our previous coverage) today announced the launch of Socialtext 4.0. The major updates in this release are centered around making it easier to use the app to work on projects, or in teams.

Particularly useful is a new feature called “Collaborative Groups.” Using it, anyone can create a group on the fly, and each group comes complete with a group home page, an activity stream that shows group updates, a dedicated microblogging channel and one or more workspaces — ideal for creating a quick collaborative space for an ad hoc team to work on a specific project.

Another new addition that aids the ability of teams to work on projects or in groups is the addition of channels to Socialtext Signals, the site’s built-in microblogging tool. If you only want to view updates from your team, say, or from the “Marketing” group, you can do that through a drop-down menu. When publishing updates, you can elect to send your update to just one group, or all of them. Channels are available through both Socialtext Desktop (the Adobe AIR desktop app) and the web interface.

Additional updates in this release include microblogging search (with the ability to search just in one group, or all of them), activity stream filtering and IM-like presence indication to see when your colleagues are online.

Are you a Socialtext user? What do you think of the update?

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