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October 8, 2009 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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NewsGator Expands Collaboration Capabilities in Social Sites 3.0

NewsGator Technologies, Inc., an RSS platform company, announced the general availability of the newest version of its enterprise social computing platform, Social Sites 3.0. It now offers new features for tracking colleagues' statuses, streamlining cross-community knowledge sharing, and discovering in-house subject matter experts. Built into Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, these features help NewsGator Social Sites transform content, activity, and connections into valuable social knowledge for business.

The new microblogging feature in Social Sites 3.0 lets users post short Twitter-style status updates to their colleagues. These updates serve as a way to report urgent developments, train colleagues on-the-fly, identify helpful experts, chronicle off-site conferences, mentor/get mentored, float new ideas, build morale, and otherwise harness the value of "weak ties."

The new Socialpedia, a self-assembling, Wikipedia-style knowledgebase, pulls from wikis across SharePoint. Socialpedia enhances Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007's wiki experience, with AJAX editing, tagging, rating, automated table of contents creation, custom wiki tags, and more, creating a single knowledge repository with distributed ownership.

The new Knowledge Explorer let users visualize internal experts clustered around concepts with a graphical expertise map. When users click on a topic in a tag cloud, the map appears with experts arranged according to their automatically calculated expertise ratings. Knowledge Explorer takes advantage of the rich media features in Microsoft Silverlight.

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Source: NewsGator Technologies, Inc.

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