Zoho, the company that offers a suite of online web applications geared towards increasing your productivity today launched Zoho Pulse, a private social network for business collaboration.

Zoho Pulse allows your company to establish it’s  own private, social network to encourage communication and collaboration among the entire organization as well as select departments and users.  Existing Zoho users will find Zoho Pulse useful since the new social network for businesses tightly integrates with a broad set of Zoho applications. Employees can stay on top of what’s going on within the organization through Zoho Pulse iPhone  and Android apps.

Zoho Pulse offers three types of tools for company-wide collaboration: a company wall where employees can collaborate on various topics, a discussion forum and a blog — all enabling collaboration throughout the company. Zoho Pulse brings together various group collaboration tools like discussion forums and document sharing along with custom apps — all within the context of a group.

At the user level, users can view other users’ profiles, activity and contact information as well as send private messages and have an option to follow fellow users to be informed about any activity.

Features of Zoho Pulse

  • Activity Streams and Notification Center – The company activity stream provides a consolidated view of all the posts made to the company wall. The user’s Pulse stream provides a consolidated view of all the activity of the people they are following, the company activity stream as well as group activity from the groups in which the user is a member. The notification center provides a summary of recent Zoho Pulse activity.
  • Groups – Users can bring together colleagues and associates in one or more groups to foster focused, topical collaborations. Group discussions are visible only to group members. Groups may also hold private, members-only discussions in Forums, collaborate in Docs, and use group-specific custom apps.
  • Comprehensive Search – Zoho Pulse offers a comprehensive search to find individuals, groups or streams. People directory enables filtered searches of the company directory based on user name, department, location and other criteria.