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Lightning Tools Social Squared Discussion Board

Lightning Tools Social Squared Discussion Board


What is Lightning Tools Social Squared Discussion Board?

Social Squared is a SharePoint Discussion Board App that can be deployed across SharePoint Online and Microsoft Teams. Social Squared improves productivity and efficiency by providing structured discussion forums for employee and student discussions.For Microsoft SharePointSocial Squared is a SharePoint…

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Social Squared Discussion Board

From $1950

per year per installation

Social Squared Discussion Board Plus (includes Charts / Data Viewer)

From $2500

per year per installation

Social Squared Discussion Board Enterprise Edition


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What is Lightning Tools Social Squared Discussion Board?

Social Squared is a SharePoint Discussion Board App that can be deployed across SharePoint Online and Microsoft Teams. Social Squared improves productivity and efficiency by providing structured discussion forums for employee and student discussions.
For Microsoft SharePoint
Social Squared is a SharePoint discussion board application where users can post questions within relevant forums and receive answers to their questions from subject matter experts. The discussions continue to provide answers to commonly asked questions to other employees who may be looking for information. The structure of Social Squared forums means that users can find answers to questions through logical forum structures, tags, and built in search. Features such as Mark as Answer provide business users with confidence when reading posts.
For Microsoft Teams
Social Squared for Microsoft Teams provides a platform for multi-threaded conversations within Microsoft Teams channels. Users will be able to engage with each other with business-related questions in the context of the Teams channel. Answers to questions can be verified, moderated, and found through search, tags, and intuitive navigation.

Lightning Tools Social Squared Discussion Board Features

Project Management Features

  • Supported: Mobile Access
  • Supported: Search
  • Supported: Integrates with other Project Management Tools

Communication Features

  • Supported: Chat
  • Supported: Status updates and activity feed
  • Supported: Notifications
  • Supported: Comments and feedback
  • Supported: Discussions
  • Supported: User directory and online status
  • Supported: Sharing and privacy
  • Supported: Internal knowledgebase

File Sharing & Management Features

  • Supported: Versioning
  • Supported: Document files
  • Supported: Image files
  • Supported: Video files
  • Supported: Audio files
  • Supported: Document collaboration
  • Supported: Shared folders
  • Supported: Access control
  • Supported: Integrates with SharePoint
  • Supported: Web interface
  • Supported: Simultaneous editing

Additional Features

  • Supported: Structured Discussion Board For Teams And SharePoint

Lightning Tools Social Squared Discussion Board Screenshots

Discussion Forums can be created for a variety of different reasons. This example is a Forum Group for the Microsoft 365 technologies such as Teams, Planner, and SharePoint. Forums are then created within the Forum Groups for more specific discussions. Under the SharePoint Forum Group, there is a Forum for SharePoint On-Premises and SharePoint Online. Anyone looking to ask a question regarding SharePoint 2019 for example would be able to post their question under SharePoint On-Premises rather than SharePoint Online. This also allows subject matter experts to focus more on the questions that they can respond to and provide value.Screenshot of SHAREPOINT DISCUSS BOARD – TOPICS VIEW
When navigating into a forum, the topics and discussions that are taking place are shown. Any new topics that not yet read will be highlighted. It also displays whether topics have been answered, their average ratings, how many views and posts are within the topic, and also provides the ability to subscribe to the forum to be notified of new posts within it.Screenshot of READING DISCUSSIONS AND PROVIDING FEEDBACK
Social Squared offers a threaded discussion view with the ability to provide feedback to other users.

Posts can be rated, voted upon, or liked by users in order to give feedback to the user creating or responding to a post. Additionally, replies can be marked as answered or marked as featured, which gives readers of forums assurance that the response they are reading is validated to be the correct answer.

Users also receive feedback through the earning of badges. The more users post or mark posts as answered, the more points are rewarded. This makes it easy to spot subject matter experts.Screenshot of SUGGESTED TAGS
Social Squared provides a rich text editor for creating and replying to topics. The Rich Text toolbar provides functionality such as inserting images, YouTube videos, Stream Videos, Formatted Code Inserts, as well as font formatting.

While typing, suggestions on how to tag a post appear. Selecting an existing tag will provide consistency in the tags used making it easier for other users to discover the post.Screenshot of SOCIAL SQUARED TAG CLOUD VIEW
The Social Squared Tag Cloud view makes it easy to navigate to posts within a specific category even if they span multiple forums. The more a tag appears in different posts, the more prominent it will be in the tag cloud. Users can navigate to posts with the tag in one click.Screenshot of DISCUSSION BOARD WITHIN MICROSOFT TEAMS TAB
Social Squared is a Discussion Board App for Microsoft Teams Tab’s and Microsoft Teams Personal Apps. Social Squared provides information workers the ability to post questions within relevant forums, and receive answers from their team. The Discussion Board layout for posts makes it easier to find answers to questions that may have already been asked before. Through features such as “Mark as Answered”, “Forum Moderation”, “Post Rating”, “Post Likes”, “Post Voting”, users will be assured that the answers they are reading are validated.Screenshot of READING TOPICS WITHIN MICROSOFT TEAMS
Topic views gives access to posts from team members. View topics, reply to topics, subscribe to topics, and Add new topics. From the topics view within the Discussion Board, users can see which topics have been marked as answered, viewed the most, rated, or marked as sticky.

Topics can be created using SharePoint and Microsoft Teams.Screenshot of MICROSOFT TEAMS DARK MODE
Social Squared supports all three display modes within Microsoft Teams. Social Squared is designed to work optimally within each display mode, whether default, dark, or high contrast.Screenshot of DISCUSSION BOARD APP ON YOUR MOBILE DEVICE
Social Squared is a responsive designed SPFx based App and can be used within the Microsoft Teams App on a mobile device. Teams Notifications arrive on the user's phone from Topics or Forums that subscribed to, as well as being able to access photos or take photos from the phone.

Lightning Tools Social Squared Discussion Board Videos

AN OVERVIEW OF SOCIAL SQUARED FOR MICROSOFT TEAMS this video demonstrates how Social Squared can provide Discussion Board functionality within Microsoft Teams Channels and as a Microsoft Teams Personal App.
OVERVIEW OF SOCIAL SQUARED DISCUSSION BOARD MICROSOFT SHAREPOINT Social Squared can be configured within SharePoint Sites or Microsoft Teams. Forum Groups can be defined as a parent category to the Forums which makes finding posts through navigation (even if the post was made ...
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WEBINAR OCTOBER 2021 - IThis webinar recording demonstrates the benefits of using Discussion Boards within Microsoft Teams and Microsoft SharePoint to allow for improved communication, onboarding, and structured conversations that can be searched and found. The discussion bene...
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Lightning Tools Social Squared Discussion Board Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationSharePoint And Teams App
Supported CountriesGlobal
Supported LanguagesEnglish, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese

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Lightning Tools Social Squared Discussion Board Customer Size Distribution

Small Businesses (1-50 employees)5%
Mid-Size Companies (51-500 employees)47%
Enterprises (more than 500 employees)48%
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