"Creating Your Own Social Network" Software with Community ServerPosted by Bob Brin on July 15, 2008 at July 15, 2008 9:41 AM
We've been kicking the tires on Telligent's Community Server as a social network platform to create a Facebook-like environment for intranets or special communities. We've played around with others in the past and we like that you can get this one affordably and still customize the look for your particular application, for example a B2B network of clients, distributors and business partners. For some clients, when it comes to social networking, we say go where the society is (i.e., Facebook and the like). For others, the community is more tight knit and not interested in their conversations being exposed to everyone. We like that CS is built on .NET, or at least our developers like that, and it appears to now have integration with MS SharePoint 2007, which is great for organizations that can afford it. SharePoint's a great collaboration platform and WSS 3.0 has built-in wiki and blog support. It's more of an information-sharing, structured environment, whereas Community Server is centered on the individual and groups. You can share files, but it's not as structured around the information. Let us know what you use/like.
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Thanks for the kind words, Bob. You are correct about the delta between SharePoint and Community Server and we're making significant investments now to make the social aspects even better. Together they solve many of the collaboration challenges a lot of organizations face.
Posted by: Rob Howard at July 16, 2008 8:41 AM
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