2 Replies Latest reply on Jan 31, 2012 10:08 AM by tmaurer

    Finding easily a group of interests



      I am being asked by users how they could find groups of interest easily. Basically they are trying to find things in buckets mimicking the organization chart (Marketing, Sales, Finance, R&D,....) and with sub-category like "Release Note", "Specification", "Customer Info", "whatever".


      Beside the filtering by Group Type and then potentially by "Recent Activity" or "Newest" or "A-Z" there is no much possible . The tagging is still an option, but people tend to find things in a structured way.grou


      The problem get complex when the numbers of groups get larger.


      I was wondering if you have been facing similar concerns and how you have been able to address them.




        • Re: Finding easily a group of interests

          A simple way to enable this is to hard-code links to a few groups or spaces that serve as "lobbies," and use  the Social Group widget to show all relatefd groups marked with a given tag. So, the Marketing lobby would surface all of the Marketing-related groups. You can also add the Watch-a-tag widget to surface content related to marketing, regardless of whether they are in any of those groups. There are many variations on this theme,and you can find several conversations about creating lobbies here on the site.


          Even if you do facilitate the process for people, they should also know how to take advantage of the serendipitous nature of social to find groups. Here are some of the ways I suggest people find groups:


            1.  Watch the activity stream. If you see content of interest, follow it and check out the group. If it looks interesting, join it.

            2.  Browse by tag. Again, find relevant content and follow it to the group.

            3.  Follow the experts. Search for people you know to be experts in a certain area, or find them using the browse people feature. Go to their profiles and see which groups they belong to.

            4.  Find related groups. In each of the above steps, take a look at the Related Groups widget. This is a great way to find relevant groups that you didn't know existed.


          Hope this helps.


          • Re: Finding easily a group of interests

            You can also encourage them to Browse Groups, and type in what they are looking for (Sales, Marketing, Finance). This also means that it is important for people creating groups to either include those key words in the tags and/or the names of the groups, or it will make it harder.