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New social networking website for work? Will it work?

A new social networking site offers to make your life easier at work.  It’s called Chatter, and it claims to be a free, private, and secure social network for the office.  It says it’s useful to keep in touch with co-workers, projects, etc. and allows you to share more than just your thoughts. You can share projects and files in a secure manner the site claims.

You have to sign up with your work email.  That’s how the site make sure it’s only work employees communicating. Unlike most social sites, the information or chats are not public. They’re only between your co-workers. It’s not clear from the FAQ’s if the chatter is public within the company, though, so don’t say bad things about your boss or co-workers. The outside world may not see it, but your co-workers might.

You can launch this social network right from your desktop like TweetDeck. You don’t need a browser. You create a profile just like you do on any other social network.  You can create Public and Private groups, and connect with others. In a way, it seems similar to LinkedIn but it’s only within your company. It might be a good way to connect with others in a big company that you would never interact with, but it seems limited to just your company.