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Chatter has a few ways for you to share your thoughts, progress and work with others.

Chief among these is Groups.

Groups help you focus specific employees on specific tasks, allowing for more relevant and important information to be shared effectively.

To create a group, go to your Chatter homepage then click "Groups" on the left.

Click "New Group" in the center of your page.

Name the group, give a brief description and decide who you'd like to invite.

If you decide to make the group public all of your Chatter contacts will be able to see it.

You can make the group private and select which contacts you'd like to have access to it.

You can also invite customers as guests to view the group, but be careful since group access can not be changed once customers have been invited.

Another useful tool is the ability to share files with your network.

Documents and projects can be uploaded to your Chatter feed, to groups or shared with specific contacts.

Once a file has been uploaded, coworkers will be able to search for it right within Chatter by using the search bar at the top of the page.

To upload a file go to the files link located on the left of your Chatter homepage.

Click "Upload file," select the file you want to upload then select who you'd like to share it with through the drop down menu.

It will appear in the Chatter feeds of the people and groups you chose to share it with.

Finally, if you have a note or a quick question for one of your Contacts you can send them a direct message by going to messages, located directly under your profile picture and selecting "New message." Incorporating these functions into your company's routine can help cut down on time spent in meetings, sending emails and searching for information and allow you to focus on sales and customer service.

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