Saleforce’s Enterprise Collaboration App Now Live

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Salesforce (s crm) has made its Facebook-like enterprise collaboration app, Chatter, generally available at The app was previously only available to Salesforce customers, but now anyone can get a free account simply by signing up using their company email address.

Chatter provides real-time status updates in an activity stream, like Facebook. It’s similar to many other enterprise social networking apps, like Yammer and tibbr: users can “follow” (subscribe to updates) from other people, documents and groups. While might not be quite as advanced from a features point of view as some of its competitors, what it does have that other enterprise social networking apps don’t is Salesforce’s marketing clout. The company will be running a television ad campaign (featuring to promote the product and can expect to acquire a large number of users, particularly as enterprise social networking tools like this are viral in nature: it only takes one employee at a company to start using and evangelizing the product for its use to start spreading throughout the organization. is free to subscribers signing up with a company email address; it then limits connections to other email addresses form the same domain (so if your company often collaborates with people with people on different domains, or has employees on different domains, is probably not suitable for you). It’s available via the website and can also be accessed using desktop and mobile apps (for iPhone (s aapl), iPad and BlackBerry (s rimm).

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I could definitely use this with other employees at the small business I work with. It would be worth a shot to at least try it out since we all share e-mail addresses of the same domain. If it doesn’t work out, all we lost was a little time and effort during our down time. –

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