I've created a simple widget that exposes Twitter's Search widget inside of a community. You can configure this widget so that you can specify which hashtags to monitor. The widget updates in almost real-time every time someone uses the hashtag in Twitter. This is great if you want to have a community that supports a product launch, or a customer support community, or even a social media marketing community.
I'm working right now to get the widget posted in the Lotus App Catalog. Once the widget is there you'll be able to simply install it on your server. If you want to use it immediately, you can use the copy that's running on my publicly facing server by following these instructions:
Follow the steps here to check-out and modify widgets-config.xml
In the <definitions> section for community add the following 1 line of code
That's it!! 1 line of code! Now, save and close the file and check it back in as documented in the instructions in step 1.
Once you restart IBM Connections, you'll be able to add the widget to any community and configure it for any hashtag. This simple widget took me about 10-15 minutes to code showing once again the extensibility and flexibility of IBM Connections. And because it was created by me, do note it's not officially supported by IBM and is provided as-is.
Here's a video that shows the widget in action.
Let me know what you think and if there are any simple changes you would recommend. I'll also be demoing this on my Monday session at Lotusphere '12 #ls12 so hope to see you there!
New Government 2.0 Template Powered by IBM Connections Now Available
Fri, Jun 7th 2013 6:22a Luis Benitez Governments are challenged to deliver services to their constituents (citizens and visitors) efficiently and cost effectively in a world that is increasingly social and web enabled. Through interactions with commercial businesses they have become accustomed to on-demand service that is available 24 X 7. To meet these demands, governments are developing citizen portals to provide their constituents with access to information and government services. The social aspects of this template are powered [read] Keywords: connections
IBM Connections Developers - Here's What You Need to Start
Tue, Jun 4th 2013 6:18a Luis Benitez For a couple of years now, the IBM Social Business Toolkit has been a great set of development resources to get partners and ISVs started with developing apps for IBM Connections.
As I stated yesterday, the Connections eco system continues to grow and we want that app eco system to continue to grow. Maybe you've been thinking about joining the Appathon to win $1000. If so, then this is perfect timing for you. So if you've been thinking about submitting an app for the Appathon to win $1000, sta [read] Keywords: connections
KangoGift brings employee recognition to IBM Connections
Mon, Jun 3rd 2013 9:17a Luis Benitez It's the beginning of June and this promises to be another month filled with great news around enterprise social business. Let's start with another example of the continuously growing IBM Connections ecosystem. KangoGift, a platform that helps companies deliver and measure informal employee recognition in a fun and meaningful way, has announced that it has become a partner with IBM and has integrated their solution with IBM Connections.
Lately, I'm hearing that more and more companies are l [read] Keywords: connections
Demo: Deep Dive of IBM Connections Content Manager 4.5
Thu, Apr 25th 2013 6:18a Luis Benitez The Information Development team has created this video to take a deep dive into IBM Connections Content Manager 4.5 which was released a little over a month ago.
Earlier I had shared a high level demo of IBM Connections 4.5 so if you missed that, or you are looking for more details specifically around Connections Content Manager (CCM), then this is the demo for you. Here are the features you will see:
Upload and sharing files
Configuring library settings like draft approvals, document types [read] Keywords: connections
Demo: Mindmapping with IBM Connections
Tue, Apr 23rd 2013 6:18a Luis Benitez Mindjet is a collaborative work management software for brainstorming ideas, organizing information and managing projects and tasks.
As you start working on a project, you may start working on it by creating a mind map. Once you've visually outlined the information and are ready to take action, Mindjet can help you start tracking tasks towards project completion.
Recently, Mindjet integrated with IBM's Social Business Platform, IBM Connections. As tasks are assigned and the project is updated, [read] Keywords: collaboration