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How To: Setup SharePoint 2010 Activity Feed using Outlook 2010 Social Connector

Synopsis:  So a question was asked in a Microsoft Forum related Activity Feeds in MySites and Outlook. In a previous blog I outlined how to get Activity Feeds going in SharePoint 2010 however I didnt know at the time how to get Outlook Connector working to also bring that content into MS Outlook [a real cool feature by the way], enter SharePoint MVP Mike Oryszak who told us about that tool. Since I am a visual learner and I am sure I may forget how and where I mention this later on at a client site, I wanted to blog it for safe keeping

Part 1: Set Up Outlook & Make Sure you and the person you are connecting to have done a few Activity Updates – Yep That is IT.


Above:  So I sent an email from Hardeep to myself so i can have him represented in Outlook


Above:  Just to show you that in SharePoint under my MySite I can “follow” Hardeeps’ activity updates


Above:  So with the Social Connector in the bottom pane, click Add and the dialog box will come up…


Above:  Enter your credentials for the MySite on your network. Note here also that this can be used for ANY social networking


Above:  General Setting that you can modify


Above:  Further configuration


Above: Process Complete


Above:  In a few minutes you will see Hardeeps’ Activity Feeds in Outlook. Again a significant step because you dont have to leave outlook to use SharePoint

Part 2: Connecting to Other Social Networks


Above: So i waned to test out where else I could connect to. When you click Add again, now you get an option to connect to another Social Network


Above:  There are few options out there NOW! Linked In (but only 32-bit) and mySpace and I DONT USE MYSPACE ANYMORE. Got me in too much trouble 🙂


Above:  So before i knew it was 32-bit only. I went through the process


Above:  Execute the package


Above: Once you click OK


Above: wont work for me I am x64 bit.


April 17, 2010 Posted by | MySites, Office 2010, Outlook 2010, SharePoint How-To, Social SharePoint | | 3 Comments