IBM to launch social networking software

IBM is this week launching social networking software for businesses so their employees can get the same kind of networking benefits seen in MySpace and Facebook.

IBM is this week launching social networking software for businesses so their employees can get the same kind of networking benefits seen in MySpace and Facebook.

The new Lotus Connections product will be formally introduced at this week’s IBM Lotusphere user conference in Orlando.

The New York Times reports that Lotus Connections will be available later this year, and will allow employees to set up virtual worlds in which they can meet like-minded colleagues within the company, and exchange ideas with them.

The networking opportunity is designed to increase productivity within the company.

Jeff Schick, IBM vice-president for social software, told the New York Times that the product would “unlock the latent expertise in an organisation“.

Lotus Connections has various components, including activities, communities, profiles and blogs, all aimed at getting the right employees to connect with each other.

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