I while ago I wrote a post titled Is Yammer missing the mark or am I missing the point? and the three main problems I had with Yammer were
- No groups for separate departments
- No direct /private messages
- The payment structure
There is still no way to privately message anyone, however they have fixed the groups problem. You can now setup private groups and when ever you say anything in the group or reply to something in the group on members of the group can see it. Pretty nifty.
The pricing thing still boggle me, it’s like they are purposely trying to keep large businesses from using them. Instead of a hard set $1 per user for advanced features why not do something like $1 per user for the first 100, $.75 for 101-300, $.50 for 301-500, $.25 for 501+ with a cap on the total monthly payment never to exceed $500 or something like that. It would make more sense to do it that way and wouldn’t discourage the larger businesses from buying in.
edit: Keith from Yammer has corrected me, there is now a special pricing structure and 1 to 1 is coming. Thanks for the update Keith.
Thank you for reading,
Josh “Shua” Peters
p.s. Here’s a list of related services (like on the Yammer post) please add any others you know of in the comments section and I will update it.
Update 2011: Yammer is now an incredible service and I have implemented it for several clients with fantastic results. It’s an amazing collaboration tool.