In this post, I will show you how easy it is to integrate your yammer feed into a SharePoint Online site. I’ll be making use of the “Yammer Web Part for SharePoint Online”. Note that this does not cover the way SharePoint and Yammer integrate when you’re using an on-prem installation with the “full blown” web parts like described here. Those web parts are only available for SharePoint 2007 and 2010. In fact, I’m still figuring out what the integration options will be for SharePoint online (and Office 365).
First of all, you need to download the web part from the Yammer site. Select “Yammer for SharePoint Online 1.0.x”
Now we can upload this solution to your SharePoint Online instance. Browse to the URL of your site collection, like http://instance.sharepoint.com/sites/contoso. Click ‘Settings – Site Settings’. In the ‘Web Designer Galleries’, select ‘Solutions’.
You can now upload your solution. Select the button “Upload Solution”
Browse to the web part you have just downloaded. After a successful upload, don’t forget to “Activate” the solution.
The next step is to integrate this web part on a page you want your feed to be visible. Just browse to a page and edit it. On the place you want, click “Add Web Part”. Select “Yammer” in the categories section. There you have the web part. Just click on “Add”.
The only thing you have to do now is configuring the web part. Click on the wrench in the top right corner and authorize with Yammer. Note: be sure that the page is still checked-out to you. Otherwise, you will get a nice “Oeps” error from SharePoint.
Now you can select the feed you want to show. This can either be the “My Feed”, “Company Feed”, “Group Feed”, “User Feed” or a “Topics Feed”. Select the feed you want, and there it is, your feed.
So it’s not a big deal to get your feed on SharePoint Online. But to be honest, I do not see any value of it. SharePoint Online (2013) itself already has some awesome social features. I’m really looking forward to some more in-depth integration of Yammer and SharePoint Online like the integration with SkyDrive Pro and Office Web Apps.
That’s it for today!