Today TechCrunch announced the public release of Chatter, pointing to prnewswire.com who released the intial story. Let me briefly requote its functionality as stated by TC:
Similar to Facebook, employees can create business profiles with professional information like personal contact data, area of expertise, and work historyThere. Impressive? I don't think so, nor does Salesforce.com itself. Let me take you through 4 stories on TechCrunch to see Marc Benioff's enthusiasm start in exuberant euphoria and end in modest humility
With Chatter, all status updates from a customer’s Sales Cloud, Service Cloud or custom Force.com application are posted to the feed
There are 4 dates for the stories, all published on TechCrunch:
- September 9 2009
- November 18 2009
- February 17 2010
- June 22 2010
- Salesforce CEO Benioff: We Are Cloud Computing (and Twitter) Evangelists
- Salesforce Chatter: A Real-Time Social Network For The Enterprise
- Benioff on Chatter: We’re way ahead
- After Four Months In Private Beta, Salesforce Chatter Finally Arrives As A Public Conversation
From realtime Facebook and Twitter integration to a one-way pull into Chatter from its own apps. No comment
- Benioff highlights the real-time cloud, saying that applications and platforms need to deliver this value. Real-time is crucial to Salesforce’s offerings and Benioff emphasizes that real-time is the future of the company’s products.
- Benioff says that Salesforce Chatter is the “magic of Facebook and Twitter brought to the enterprise.”
- The messaging around this new Collaboration platform was if anything underplayed next to the reality, that Chatter completely transforms the business process layer
- With Chatter, all status updates from a customer’s Sales Cloud, Service Cloud or custom Force.com application are posted to the feed. So apps actually have the ability to post status updates, similar to a person, creating an actual ecosystem around apps and employees
Let's take a look at monetising this state-of-the-art app:
I couldn't possibly comment...
- According to Benioff, the customer can save “millions of dollars” by using the service cloud and its “next-generation” innovations.
- Chatter will also be sold for $50 per user per month and will include Salesforce Chatter, Salesforce Content and Force.com.
- [no info]
- Chatter-only user licenses are available for customers using Professional Edition, Enterprise Edition or Unlimited Edition for $15 per user, per month, which seems fairly affordable.
It's been quiet around Salesforce.com and Marc Benioff lately, which I for sure have been enjoying. And now I know why. I feel actually bad for the poor Chatter