Unite your far-flung staff with internal social networks

Tailored and off-the-shelf applications can enhance camaraderie and communication.

I’m running a virtual company with more than a dozen people, and the challenges we face include not only finding ways to communicate regularly with one another but also getting to know our fellow team members when we’re flung across the globe and a dozen time zones.

So what is an internal social network or enterprise social network? Well, we are all pretty familiar with social networks now—Facebook being the largest. Social networks tend to have some of the same features and functions, including:

How do disbursed companies bring their team members together on a regular basis for communications, collaboration and camaraderie? Internal social networks could be a good start.

Picture a Facebook or Twitter platform for your company or team. An internal social network can work well for a company where their team members are distributed across several locations and lack the benefit of being able to stop by each other’s office or meet up in the company cafeteria.

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There are many companies coming out with private-label or internal corporate social networks.

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