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Social Media Platforms For Enterprise 2.0 Solutions
Have A Plan For your Social Media
You can spend a lot of time and money building the wrong thing or building the right thing wrong. Invest time with the stakeholders and users before thinking about technology. What are your objectives? What are YOUR benefits to using social media in your enterprise 2.0 solution? Who is your target audience? Your target audience will resist participating, if they can not see any benefits. Your benefits include the benefits of users, managers, and your organization as a whole. What does your organization hope to accomplish with Enterprise 2.0 or Social Media?
I have discovered many possible social media platforms for my enterprise 2.0 solution. The choices are almost overwhelming. Building an enterprise 2.0 solution requires an understanding of the needs and current work-flows. I don’t believe there is a “One-Size-Fits-All” solution. You may be familiar with the phrase “No need to re-invent the wheel”. There are a lot of MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube type of scripts out there that would give you the ability to emulate these web sites in your enterprise 2.0 platform. You may need to ask yourself about the benefits and examine your objectives. These sites are great at what they are and may be meeting their owner’s objectives. How important is it for you to know your colleagues’ favorite movies or music? Do you have a need for instant web/mobile communications? A Twitter type of tool is good if your needs require and one or more of your objectives can be met with a micro-blogging solution. You can piece different blogging, bookmarking, forum, media packages together or work with one of the social media platform bundles below. You may even want to create a hybrid.
Social Media Platform Software and Services
Elgg: powerful, professional social networking
Elgg empowers individuals, groups and institutions to create their own fully-featured social network.
PHPizabi: Human Networking has a cutting edge, too!
PHPizabi is one of the most powerful social networking platforms on the planet. With literally thousands of websites powered by PHPizabi including everything from simple friends sites to the most complex networking super sites out there. Easy to install, use, and raising the bar on what it is to provide a reliable, fast, social networking package to raise your business to the next level.
WordPress Multi-User Blogging Software
WordPress takes blogging to the next level by creating powerful self-hosted software that anyone could install and have a blog within minutes.
Now with MU wordpress is making it as easy to create a thousand blogs as it was to create a single blog with WordPress 3 years ago. By building on the base of WordPress and syncing development, we get the benefit of the huge ecosystem in plugins and themes that has developed around the project.
Mambo Content Management System
Mambo is one of the most powerful Open Source Content Management Systems on the planet. It is used all over the world for everything from simple websites to complex corporate applications.
Joomla Content Management System
Joomla is an award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla the most popular Web site software available. Best of all, Joomla is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone.
Open Source Content Management Systems for Social Media
opensourceCMS.com was created to give you the opportunity to “try out” some of the best free and open source software systems in the world. Each system listed here provides for a user demo so you can make an informed decision regarding which system best suits your needs without having to go through the tedious process of installing multiple systems only to find they don’t do what you require.
Bonus Social Media Software Choice
Pluck SiteLife Social Media Platform
Pluck’s SiteLife social media platform allows leading publishers, retailers and brands to integrate community directly into their core site experiences.