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September 10, 2010

3 ways to Integrate Yammer with your Intranet

Quite a few organisations are using Yammer as a internal collaboration tool, and a fair few are noticing that Yammer is being used even if it’s not “official”. Here are three ways in which you could integrate Yammer into your existing intranet.

Yammer API

Yammer has a REST API and can therefore integrated with any system you want. The methods available in the API are limited, and some consider it awkward to use (and even poorly constructed).

But nevertheless, it is possible for example to programmatically retrieve all status updates for the company and display them on an intranet page.

Update Spring 2011: Yammer have released a new version (1.2) of their API and also introduced a draft version of a new activity stream API.

Update Spring 2016: Yammer has extensive documentation of their REST API available on their developer site.

itDuzzit

Using itDuzzit it is possible to create your own widget that utilises the Yammer API and can be included on your intranet. By using this solution you avoid the cost and hassle of dealing with the Yammer API directly.

This method is potentially less secure than programming something directly with the API as you’d probably end up with a URL including a token visible in plain text. It also introduces a third service into the chain.

RSS

It is normally pretty simple to embed RSS/Atom newsfeeds into a web page or CMS template. This solution would also avoid the need to develop something that uses the Yammer API.

The issue with this solution though is on the Yammer side of things. RSS feeds for content are only available to paying customers. This means a cost of 5 USD a month per account.

Like the itDuzzit method, this has a lower security level compared to directly accessing the Yammer API as you end up with a feed URL that includes a token.

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