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Curtin Yammer toolkit
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Social media guidelines for staff

We've put together some 'best practice' guidelines to help you use social media effectively and responsibly, and to protect your personal and professional reputation - and that of the university.

See the guidelines.

What is Yammer?

Yammer is a private, easy-to-use online social network for Curtin staff. It's like Facebook, but only people with an @curtin.edu.au email account can join.

Like other social networks, you can send and receive messages, pictures, and links or create groups, all in real time on any device. This allows you to share and learn from colleagues across different areas of the University. More than 2000 Curtin staff have profiles on Yammer, and everyone is encouraged to join and interact.

To start an account, just go to www.yammer.com, where you'll also find some short tutorials to help new users.

You can also learn how to use Yammer, view frequently asked questions and read the formalities and house rules.

What's it for?

Yammer lets you communicate across and between work areas. Information can be sourced quickly: you can collaborate on projects, link to relevant articles and sites, ask questions, find expertise, and ask for feedback from people from every department, faculty and school in the University. It can increase awareness and contact between staff, reduce email volumes, help to identify common interests and encourage networking and social interaction between staff.

Groups focusing on a range of work and non-work related topics, such as a buy and sell marketplace, cycling, environment, as well as those developed around work areas are actively being used.

What's in it for me?

Yammer encourages and enables communication within and between work areas, and helps members find colleagues with shared professional and personal interests. It allows you to tap into the wealth of knowledge available at Curtin, helping you to work more productively whilst fostering a sense of community.