Are Activity Streams Security Trimmed?

Christian Buckley

Christian is a 7-time Office Servers and Services MVP, internationally-recognized technology evangelist and collaboration expert, and the Founder & CEO of CollabTalk LLC, an independent research and technical marketing services firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • Don’t you think the answer is “sort of?” If the tag shows up to everyone even though you placed it on secure content, doesn’t that mean that users need to be trained to not use confidential terms (project code words, etc.) in their tags? The fact that only the associated content is really secure means that users need to understand that unless you secure the tag itself, social tags are just that – social. While you can control who sees your activity feed in general, you may also want to secure the tag itself (which you can do) if you are using it on highly confidential content. In that context, the “social” tag becomes a private bookmark – which is a concept that may require explanation to new users. It’s actually pretty cool that you can tag privately and publicly, but what I think this means is that you can’t tag “semi-privately.” I think this means that tags are either just for me or something I share with everyone – even if the content itself is totally secure.