Lightning Tools Launches New Version of Social Squared Forum for SharePoint at the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2011

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Lightning Tools’ Social Squared version 6.0 adds new reporting and content tagging features that improve collaboration via SharePoint forums and help to reveal knowledge hidden within the company

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Social Squared Version 6.0 offers improved SharePoint forum reporting and tagging functionality that makes SharePoint forums easier to administer, more collaborative, and more resourceful.

Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2011 -- Lightning Tools, a leading provider of SharePoint productivity tools and SharePoint web parts, today announced the release of version 6.0 of Social Squared, the company’s premier Enterprise SharePoint Forum solution for creating, managing, reporting, and improving collaboration on SharePoint Forums. Social Squared Version 6.0 offers improved SharePoint forum reporting and tagging functionality that makes SharePoint forums easier to administer, more collaborative, and more resourceful.

Lightning Tools’ Social Squared helps companies to create powerful and user-friendly SharePoint forums, improving SharePoint user adoption and increasing SharePoint collaboration, while at the same time effectively revealing hidden knowledge within the organization. Lightning Tools’ Social Squared allows SharePoint users to reply to posts and create topics via email, subscribe to topics for email alerts, create SharePoint forum topics, vote on SharePoint forum posts, create knowledge articles within SharePoint forums, tag SharePoint forum content, generate reports, and more.

New Features in Lightning Tools Social Squared 6.0:

  • Integrated BI Reporting: Lightning Tools Social Squared 6.0 offers powerful collaboration and knowledge reports to improve understanding of the content within SharePoint forums. New reporting features help SharePoint administrators to more easily reveal popular trends, posts, and topics within SharePoint forums. A few of the new reports offered include most popular discussion topics, most popular posts, user points based on participation, and how the SharePoint forum is being utilized within the organization.
  • Improved Tagging: Lightning Tools Social Squared 6.0 offers new and improved tagging functionality using the SharePoint metadata term store that will enable organizations to quickly find all related information within a SharePoint forum easily, and in a very organized matter.

“Social Squared SharePoint forums, which we are using for users’ group forums, enable us to better manage the collaborative efforts, projects, and content moderation for users across Indiana University’s eight campuses. The forums allow us to further our partnerships with the various departmental units and enhance our ability to provide additional forum offerings to potential and new users,” said Cory Retherford, Social Squared Customer and Manager of Technology Services, Indiana University Bloomington.

“SharePoint 2010 is becoming more than just an enterprise content management solution. Having a SharePoint forum solution that nicely integrates with SharePoint 2010, improves knowledge share, collaboration, and is key to making SharePoint a success in any business,” said Julia Ito, CEO Lightning Tools. “With Lightning Tools Social Squared 6.0, organizations can quickly identify important SharePoint forum topics via our powerful reports and with our new and improved tagging, SharePoint users can quickly and effectively associate forum topics with SharePoint 2010 term stores, enabling information to be found much faster.”

Pricing and Availability
Lightning Tools Social Squared 6.0 works with SharePoint 2007 (some feature limitations) and SharePoint 2010. Pricing is US$ 2,499 per Web Front End (WFE production.) Lightning Tools Social Squared version 6.0 will be available for demonstration in the Lightning Tools Booth #651 at the Microsoft SharePoint Conference(#SPC2011) in Anaheim, at the Anaheim Convention Center from October 3-6, 2011.

About Lightning Tools
Lightning Tools offers a wide range of productivity tools for SharePoint including external data integration and mashups, user and permissions management, content aggregation, and enterprise and team discussions forums. Developed, designed and supported by leading SharePoint experts, Lightning Tools solutions were built to be deployed from large to small SharePoint environments, and are tailored to help developers, administrators, business and end users quickly and efficiently execute their daily tasks. To learn more about Lightning Tools please contact +1 713 234 6040. Or visit


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