Collaboration is one of today's strongest business trends, fueled in part by advances in (and employees' experiences with) social media. The ability to exchange ideas and communicate about activities has proven wildly popular in the social sphere -- why not in the business one as well? And recognizing this demand, vendors are making tools available that enable teams to keep track of each others' progress on a group project, exchange information about tasks and contacts, and otherwise work togeth
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Salesforce Chatter is a sort of intranet Facebook that gives team members a way to update their own status and track the status and activities of their collaborators. They can form and join groups and share information privately and securely. Chatter Mobile (free for the iPhone and BlackBerry) lets you update your status and add comments via your mobile device. You can also take photos with your device and upload them into the Chatter stream for coworkers to peruse. In addition, it gives you the ability to call, e-mail, or even text message a colleague from your phone by accessing that person's Chatter profile.