The challenges that face Australians living in the US are constantly evolving. Our Yammer private enterprise social network is the perfect platform to access, and share knowledge with other Australian professionals no matter where they are in the US!
The Australian Community is a 501(c)(3) registered public charity whose mission is to connect Australians through social, professional and charitable initiatives. Since its inception in 2011, we have assisted more Australians overcome the challenges of living in New York than any other public charity.
As we enter our eighth year, we are now using the lessons learned in NYC to assist Australians overcome many of the same challenges across the USA.
Social media sites can be a great resource. However, LinkedIn is vast and challenging to make Australian connections. Facebook may be great for staying in contact with known friends, but its Aussie expat groups offer few trusted connections living in the US, and are filled with a plethora of contradictory advice – some of which can have an expat refused entry into the US!
The greatest challenge for public social media groups is the fact they are public. They are open to scrutiny from employers, and more recently, Border Protection Agents. Posting that you are looking for work to the US on Facebook or LinkedIn, in all likelihood will have you detained at a US Border.
Yammer is an important addition to our technology platform as it allows our members to communicate and collaborate in a private social network that is available 24/7. Its search feature is far superior to public social media groups and it has added features not available to Facebook and LinkedIn.
There is even an App!
Below we have outlined ten of the top reasons why connecting to our Yammer private social network offers our members a private and trusted online experience.
#10 Yammer is Enterprise Strength:
Yammer is an Enterprise Social Network deployed by global organizations to provide social media and collaboration tools to its employees. If a product is robust and scalable enough to meet the requirements of organizations with over 200,000 employees, it will certainly meet our needs.
#9 It behaves like existing social media:
Yammer allows you to post links, pictures, documents as well as comment, follow people and conduct polls. It behaves very similarly to existing social media platforms like LinkedIn and Facebook, so it has a very short learning curve.
#8 You do not just join Groups – You subscribe to Conversations:
It may sound like splitting hairs, but a conversation is a very different psychology to a group. Social media Groups are more about what people have in common, or where they live. Yammer Groups are where people come together to exchange ideas and learn.
In all there are more than thirty Groups based on Industry, Interest and Location: Accounting to Visas, from New York to LA!
#7 It reduces social media “Noise”:
If you subscribe to a Conversation, you only receive updates on that specific topic. Feedback from members from our LinkedIn Group is that they do not want to receive constant updates on topics that are not relevant.
#6 It is Collaborative and Content rich:
Our private network enable our members to share information effectively. Whether that is sharing the latest information on which US Consulate has the fastest E-3 turnaround, or connecting volunteers for a fundraiser, Yammer offers a richer experience than public social media groups.
Recently we added a video series recorded with one of New York’s leading Immigration attorneys. More than forty minutes of video is now available to our members on important immigration topics effecting Australians.
More podcasts, interviews and documents are being added, making The Australian Community’s Yammer network the largest private Australian knowledgebase in the United States!
#5 It covers Multiple US Geographies:
As our organization grows through 6,000 members, there has been increased pressure to expand into other US geographies. Philadelphia, LA, San Francisco Bay, Chicago, DC, Boston, Dallas Fort Worth and the Pacific NW all have significant Australian populations who are now benefiting from our knowledgebase.
Filing a US tax return or FBAR is the same no matter where you live in the US!
#4 It offers Private Messaging:
Private Messaging is a tool that has proven its value in organizations with as little as 50 employees. The value PM it can deliver to The Australian Community is significant. At a glance you can see contacts who are online and reach out directly. Simple questions can be answered quickly rather than creating an email.
#3 It has a powerful Search feature:
Looking for a Conversation, Contact or Document? Yammer has a powerful search tool with auto suggestions to make search fast and reliable. Scrolling through dozens of posts looking for the right information is now a thing of the past.
#2 It is Private and well Moderated:
As Yammer sits on our side of the firewall, conversations are not public facing. Privacy is one of the main reasons why members do not subscribe to any form of social media. Access is by invitation only therefore you cannot request to join Yammer. This protects members from serial networkers who are constantly requesting to connect with you on social media.
There is a ZERO tolerance for Haters, Trolls and Serial Networkers. Having said that, since it was launched, less than a handful of participants have been permanently removed from the network.
#1 Your Privacy is our Priority:
The number one reason why approximately a third of our members do not use any social media, is that they wish to keep their personal information private. However, the social media model is built on gathering the personal information of subscribers and selling or leveraging that that information to drive revenue:
The Australian Community does not need members’ personal information twice, nor do we share member information with third parties. Yammer only requires first and last names from a member when they are invited to connect with the network. A member can search, comment, post, download; all without exposing more than their first and last name to others.
Naturally you can populate your profile with a personal picture, title, contact information, work history, even links to a Facebook or LinkedIn profile; it is up to you to decide how much information you wish to share with others in teh network.
When you join The Australian Community you will automatically receive an invitation to connect with Yammer. If you are an Australian living in the US, you are welcome to join using the form below.
About The Australian Community
The Australian Community is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity and its Mission is to connect Australian living in the United States through social. professional and charitable initiatives.
All contributions are fully tax deductible under Section 170 of the IRS Code. The Australian Community is also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code.