Last Updated: October 12, 2015 0

What Is Yammer and How Do I Use It?

Found In: Social Networks

Yammer is like a social networking site except that it is used in a business context as a way for employees to collaborate with one another within their own organisation and thereby be more effective workers. This is an example of how the internet has changed business. According to yammer.com, Yammer will allow employees to “collaborate easily, make smarter, faster decisions, and self-organize into teams to take on any business challenge”. Businesses with firm social foundations tend to be more successful and this where Yammer plays a valuable part. Yammer is aimed at closed groups defined by an email domain such as businesses and organisations. With Yammer you can share and discuss ideas, post news, ask questions, share information and build a knowledge base that can be referenced at a later date.

Creating a company network on Yammer

Now, because Yammer is a closed system you will only be able to connect with people within your company. This is usually done through the email address of your company. Everyone with the same email domain will belong to a group. There are a few simple steps you can follow in order to get started with Yammer:

  • Firstly go to www.yammer.com. This will take you to the homepage of Yammer. If you are unable to click on the link to access the website, simply copy and paste it into your URL and press Enter.
  • On this page you will have the option of entering your work email. Do this and then click “Sign up” and Voila, you are signed in!
  • If you want to skip the homepage, go to https://www.yammer.com/users/simple_signup. If you are unable to click on the link to access the website, simply copy and paste it into your URL and press Enter. Again, type your email address into the box provided.
  • Once you have done this you will receive an email notification at the email address that you specified during the sign up process. Click on this link. If you are unable to click on the link simply copy and paste it into the URL.
  • Now you will be able to login to Yammer!

Sending messages using Yammer

There are two ways that you can use to send messages to your Yammer network.

  1. You can use the same @mention system used in Facebook. Type the @ followed by a person’s Yammer username. A list will appear, as soon as you see the name of the person you want to mention, click on it. The person will then receive a notification saying that they have been mentioned in your post this is public and anyone on your Yammer network can see this.
  2. The second way is more private. In the left hand column there is a link called “Private messages. Click on this in order to start sending a private message to someone on your Yammer network. In the “Too” field you can start typing a person’s name. A list will appear, as soon as you see the name of the person you want to mention, click on it. Type your message and click on “Send”. There is another way for you to send a private message in Yammer. Go to the publisher and type “to:username”. A list will appear, as soon as you see the name of the person you want to mention, click on it.

Replying to a message

Replying to a message on Yammer is very similar to how you would reply to a message in any mail server or social networking site. Simply click on the “Reply” button below the message ad type your reply into the text box that appears for that purpose.

Changing your Yammer profile picture

Again, the steps for changing your Yammer profile picture are very easy:

  • Firstly go to www.yammer.com. This will take you to the homepage of Yammer. If you are unable to click on the link to access the website, simply copy and paste it into your URL and press Enter.
  • Login to your Yammer account
  • Click on your name. This is found at the top right corner. Click on “Edit Account”. This will take you to a page where you can edit your account information. There is a photo of you on this page. Click the button next to it which says “Choose file”.
  • This will bring up a browser window which will allow you to search for a file on your computer for you to use as a profile picture.
  • Don’t forget to click on “Save” to save your changes.

How to delete your full Yammer account

If you want to delete your entire Yammer account, follow these steps.

  • Firstly go to www.yammer.com. This will take you to the homepage of Yammer. If you are unable to click on the link to access the website, simply copy and paste it into your URL and press Enter.
  • Login to your Yammer account
  • Near the bottom of your posts is a “More” option. Click on this and the click on “Delete” in order to delete all of the messages that you don’t want. Remember that when you delete your account your messages will still be there so you need to delete each of them manually first.
  • Now you need to delete your actual account. Click on your name. This is found at the top right corner. Click on “Edit Account”. This will take you to a page where you can edit your account information. In the bottom right corner is a button that says “Delete account”. Click on this.
  • Remember that your account will then be deleted permanently and you will not be able to reactivate it. Make sure that you really want to do this before clicking “Delete”.

Using Yammer is very easy and you will find that once you get started it can be a really useful tool for your business. Social networking within your company structure can make your employees a whole lot more productive and can improve the atmosphere at your company.