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Categories:SPF 2013; Social Computing; Site Manager/Power User; My Sites

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Editor's note: Contributor Jasper Oosterveld is a SharePoint Consultant at Wortell. Follow him @SharePTJasper

I am a big fan of the new Social features in SharePoint 2013. Microsoft really improved Social in SharePoint. The My Site contains a newsfeed that finally supports microblogging features. You can use hash-tags, likes and mention other colleagues.

Social in SharePoint 2013 makes it possible to break organizational barriers. You can share information and knowledge with the whole organization and this is not limited to your own department.

I wrote an article about it for the DIWUG magazine. You can click here to read it.

At the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas, a mobile SharePoint 2013 Newsfeed app was announced. This immediately grabbed my attention because now the physical location barrier is also broken! You can be in your car, an airplane or on the train and still be Social with your colleagues.

Let's take a closer look at the app!

Newsfeed

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The app starts with an overview of updates from the colleagues you are following. You can click on a colleagues name and the About page opens:

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You can contact Paul by sending him an e-mail or with a newsfeed message through the mention option:

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The message is shared with the whole organization but you can also select a team site:

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This list contains all the sites you are following. Every team or project site contains a newsfeed. You can see this is a private newsfeed. Only colleagues with read permissions can view the messages.

By default the updates from the colleagues you are following are shown but you have the option to view:

  • Everyone
  • Mentions
  • Me

The first two options speak for themselves but let's take a closer look at Me:

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You can view the people, documents and tags you are following.

People

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The People tab has three views: Recent, Following and Followers. Unfortunately, there's no option available to search for new colleagues to follow. You can only do this by opening the About me page in the Everyone view.

Documents

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All the documents you are following are displayed. Every document has an About page:

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You can open the document in the browser by clicking on open in Word. I did not have the option to edit the document. A pretty cool feature is the next slide: SkyDrive. You can view all your SkyDrive Pro documents.

Tags

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The Tags tab shows recently used hash-tags and the ones you are following. Every hash-tag, just like people and documents, has its own About page:

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Unfortunately, the hash-tag detail page does not show any related conversations. This feature is available in the browser.

I hope you got a good impression of the possibilities and current limitations of the app. Click here to download the app. At the moment, it only works with Office 365 Preview.

Improvements

Although I really like the new SharePoint Newsfeed app, there is room for improvement:

Lync integration

I would like to see an integration with Lync in the About me page of a colleague. I want to be able to contact Paul by starting a Lync chat.

Confusing adding new hash-tags

When you want to add a new hash-tag in a message you cannot use the # symbol at the bottom of the screen! You have to use the # in your keyboard. This is a bit confusing.

Follow colleagues

I can only follow a colleague by clicking on the About me page. This should also be possible from the People tab.

Edit document in browser

I can view the documents I am following but I am not able to edit the content in the browser.

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