IBM Connections is social networking software that consists of these applications: Activities, Blogs, Bookmarks, Communities, Files, Forums, Home page, Metrics, Profiles, and Wikis.

Use the IBM Connections applications to accomplish the following goals:

  • Activities
    Collaboration tool for collecting, organizing, sharing, and reusing work that is related to a project goal.
  • Blogs
    Online journals that you can use to deliver timely information with a personal touch. You can use a blog to present your ideas and get feedback from others or learn from the expertise of others who blog.
  • Bookmarks
    Social bookmarking tool for saving, organizing, and sharing Internet and intranet bookmarks. Discover bookmarks that have been created by others with similar interests and expertise.
    Note: The application was previously named Dogear.
  • Communities
    A website where people who share a common interest can interact with one another, share information, and exchange ideas. Community members can participate in community-specific activities and forums, and can share blogs, bookmarks, feeds, and files.
  • Files
    A common repository in which you can upload files and share them with others. Store versions of a file, view who has downloaded a file or commented on it, and see highly recommended files.
  • Forums
    A place to brainstorm and collect feedback on topics that are relevant to you and your colleagues. Statements and comments are collected in a format that captures the exchange of ideas and presents them as an ongoing conversation.
  • Home page
    A central location that provides a snapshot of the latest updates collected from IBM Connections. Perform in-context actions on entries in your activity stream, check the latest updates from the content and people that you are following, stay up to date with the latest notifications and updates that require a response from you, or post your own status updates.
  • Profiles
    Directory of the people in your organization, including the information you need to form and encourage effective networks across your organization.
  • Metrics
    Statistics tool that collects and displays information about how people use Connections applications. Community metrics show details on a particular community while global metrics show information across all of Connections.
  • Wikis
    A tool for creating wikis that individuals, groups, and communities can use to capture, share, and coauthor information. View page changes, recommendations, and comments.

Together, these tools will help you and your colleagues interact with one another more effectively.

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