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!
Social Connections: My Take on Making Social Business Critical [Video]
Thu, Jul 17th 2014 6:12a Luis Benitez Last month, I attended the IBM Connections User Group meeting in Prague. Speaking of which, if you missed it, then don't worry! Social Connections VII has been announced and it's happening in November 13-14 in Stockholm. Registration remains free so go and register now. Hey, you can probably even combine it with a weekend ski trip.
Now back to Prague. While I was there, I met with the local team to discuss social business and my recommendations on how to make social business critica [read] Keywords: collaboration
Download the New IBM Connections 5.0 Desktop Plugins
Fri, Jun 20th 2014 11:11a Luis Benitez The new IBM Connections Desktop plug-ins for Microsoft Windows have just been released to our app catalog.
There's a couple of things that I would like to call out here. First, IBM Connections 5.0 will be available for download next week. This is the first time that we have released the desktop plugins before the actual new server code is available. This is because the new desktop plugin also adds new features even if you are not using 5.0.
Second, this is yet another simultaneous release [read] Keywords: connections
Announcing IBM Connections 5.0
Tue, Jun 17th 2014 6:11a Luis Benitez I'm in Prague today enjoying the Social Connections VI event meeting and talking and learning from the IBM Connections User Group.
The timing couldn't have been better for this event. That's because today we are announcing IBM Connections 5.0 and that's just a week after IBM Connections came out as a leader in the latest Forrester Wave. The announcement letter has been posted here if you want to take a look. Basically, it says that the software will be available for download on June 26t [read] Keywords: connections
IBM Cited as Leader in the Enterprise Social Platform Wave Report
Mon, Jun 9th 2014 7:15a Luis Benitez As we continue our march towards the release of IBM Connections Next, there are some amazing news I would like to share according to the most recent blog entry from one of my peers in product management, Suzanne Livingston.
There you'll see IBM was compared against 13 other vendors. Suzanne and I worked very closely with Forrester throughout this process and needless to say, we are extremely excited with the results.
This is another perfect case where timing couldn't have been better [read] Keywords: connections