Yammer and SharePoint – Extend SharePoint search results with Yammer

While I was writing my previous post about the Post feature between SharePoint and Yammer, I stumbled upon another cool new feature! Apparently, the search results are connected with Yammer:

I hadn’t read about this new feature at all so I thought, let’s click on Search on Yammer:
My default Yammer network opened and a search for the words SharePoint and Contracts was executed. The Yammer search results also have refiners available, these are the four tabs you probably noticed: Conversations, People, Files and Topics. Let’s take a closer look at the refiners.

Conversations

I can easily follow the conversation of a particular SharePoint contract by clicking on View full conversations:
I can start a discussion, open the contract or click on one of the topics. Clicking on a topic starts a new search for discussions and documents related to the selected topic.

People

All the users related to the two keywords are displayed. In this case only myself because of my job title SharePoint Consultant. This is a great refiner to find colleagues with a certain expertise or knowledge related to your search scope. Just click on the users name to open his or her Yammer profile:
Nice!
 

Files

All the files (documents) are shown with the two keywords, in my examples this is only contract. Be aware that only documents uploaded to Yammer are shown here! Not the documents you post from SharePoint to Yammer to start a discussion. I can download the document or go to the documents profile page:
I really like this profile page. You can easily browse through the document and there is even an option to leave comments in the document:
Awesome right? At least I think so! You can view the followers of the document (to connect and collaborate) or add related content.
 

Topics

 
The final tab shows the related Yammer topics with the search results keywords. In my case the only topic available is SharePoint:
Another very nicely organized Yammer menu is presented. All the related topic conversations, files, notes, images, videos and links are available. Yammer is really a well made Enterprise Social Collaboration tool with many useful business features! This promises a bright future for the integration between SharePoint Online and Yammer.

Integration with SharePoint

I do have one critical comment about this new integration. Yammer only shows documents uploaded to Yammer. It would be really nice to also see documents posted to Yammer from SharePoint so you can view the discussion about the document.
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SharePoint Online & The Yammer App

In This Tip Of The Day I want to discuss the Yammer app for SharePoint (Online) 2013. Let’s take a closer look how the app works.

Installation process

I start by installing the Yammer App. I have to browse to the SharePoint Store:

The app is free and the only thing I have to do is click on Add it:
The installation process only takes a couple of minutes. After its done, I click on the Yammer tile:
The App has three feed options: Group, Home and Comment. Before we can choose a feed, I have to sign in:
I need to sign in once and approve the trust between my Yammer account and the SharePoint site:
The trust is enabled and I can choose a feed type:

Group feed

I have to select a Yammer network and an Group ID. The pop-up gives you a description how to obtain the ID. Got the ID? The feed appears:

This feed can be used when a team or department has a related Yammer group. For example, the Contoso Sales team discusses sales updates in Yammer and also have a SharePoint team site to store their documents. You can add the Yammer App in the SharePoint Sales team site. The users have the option to add new messages from Yammer:

The message appears very quickly in the Yammer SharePoint App:

Every user can also add messages, no surprise, from the app to Yammer.

Home Feed

To change the feed type an user with full control or contribute permissions can click on the wheel icon on the top right corner of the web part. This is something I will discuss further in this post but for now I will focus at the feed itself. I have to select one of the Yammer networks related to my account to view the home feed of that network:

Comment feed

The comment feed is comparable to the new Post feature. I can create a Yammer page to talk about any SharePoint object such as documents, pictures, sites or pages. For example:
After entering the link to the time-off policy document, Yammers creates a comment page:
The Post feature is really aimed, for now at least, at documents. By using the comment feed you can also discuss other interesting and valuable SharePoint objects.

Issues

Although I really like the Yammer App and the features it offers, I have a couple issues with it.
Firefox
My Firefox browser didn’t like the Yammer web part at all! It’s really unstable because it didn’t show the sign in button:
Videos
I posted a link to a video in Yammer and a preview is generated. This preview disappears in the feed of the App.
Permissions to change the feed

I found it very unusual that every SharePoint user with contribute permissions is also able to change the feed of the web part. I can imagine that every site owner wants to display one feed and not letting users with contribute permissions change this themselves.