Yammer update

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.

Professional:
Edmondo – Microblogging for education environments
Identi.ca
I Did Work
Joint Contact
Laconi.ca
Mixin
Present.ly
Prologue
Social Cast

Recreational:
Fidj.it
FriendFeed
Jaiku
Plurk
Pownce
Seesmic – Video equivalent of Twitter
Twitter
Utterli (formerly utterz)

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.

  • https://www.yammer.com/ Keith

    Shuaism,

    Thank you for mentioning Yammer and noticing that we recently added a highly requested Groups feature. We wanted to clarify one point though. We do offer special pricing for large networks. If you go to our ‘Claim Your Network’ page you will see that you can request this special pricing by emailing sales@yammer-inc.com

    Once again, thanks for the mention and stay tuned for 1 to 1 private messages coming really soon!

    Thank you,

    Keith
    The Yammer Team

  • http://www.shuaism.com Josh Peters

    Thanks for the update Keith, glad to hear that the 1to1 is coming, and I do see the option for special pricing in there. I must have missed that on my last run through, Thanks for pointing it out.

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