BSCW users who want to get in touch with one another via instant messaging may enter their personal communication details into their personal profile. BSCW supports contacting a user based on these data from the personal info page of this user.
BSCW offers two awareness tools for finding out which users may be available online:
o online status display – indicating the “BSCW presence” of members of a shared workspace;
o user view of the event monitor – monitoring the activity of users listed in your address book.
To be kept informed about the events in your workspaces in a more online fashion than provided by daily activity reports, BSCW offers two possibilities:
o event view of the event monitor – displaying recent events in your workspaces;
o RSS feeds on BSCW events – containing recent events in your workspaces in RSS format (to be read using the RSS features of current browsers or specific RSS aggregators).